The city of New York held a virtual memorial
Sunday evening for the more than 30,000 people
who have died of COVID-19 since the first death
after a confirmed Coronavirus infection exactly one
Musicians from the New York Philharmonic were
among artists who performed in a live broadcast
that evening live from the Brooklyn waterfront.
Meanwhile, images of some of the dead were
projected onto the pillars of Brooklyn Bridge.
“Tonight, we honour the lives lost to this horrible
pandemic and join together as a city to mourn, heal
and look toward a brighter future.
strong, hopeful and determined,’’ New York Mayor,
Bill de Blasio said in a statement.
De Blasio came under fire for not moving quickly
enough to shut down businesses and schools in
spring 2020 when New York City became the
national epicentre of the pandemic.
Lockdowns, quarantine requirements for travelers
and social distancing rules have helped the city
gain control of its infection rate.