March 14 named as NYC's COVID-19 Remembrance Day

A medical worker directs a patient to enter a COVID-19 testing site at Elmhurst Hospital Center, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in New York. (File photo: AP)

NEW YORK, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) -- March 14 will be COVID-19 Remembrance Day in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday.

The city reported its first novel coronavirus fatality on March 14, 2020, and the event will recognize all the people who have died from the bug, said the mayor.

A total of 25,099 NYC deaths were linked to COVID-19; 20,295 of them were confirmed deaths from the virus, while 4,804 other fatalities were deemed "probable" COVID-19 cases, according to the city's Health Department.

De Blasio said residents of "every background" were impacted, noting the disease particularly affected the city's poorest minority neighborhoods.

"So many we lost were victims of disparities ... victims of too much racism," the mayor said during his year-end press briefing.

"We had our first reported COVID-19 death on March 14, 2020. On March 14, 2021 we will honor all those we lost with a day of remembrance," he tweeted on Thursday.

"It will be a moment to reflect, but it will also be a moment to look forward and use the lessons we've learned to build a better city," he added.

As of Thursday afternoon, the coronavirus deaths added up to 25,144 and confirmed cases to 426,060 in NYC, according to The City, a project that tracks the spread of confirmed COVID-19 infections and fatalities in New York City, based on information provided by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the governor's office, The COVID Tracking Project and the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.