A five-year-old boy died of an illness linked to the novel coronavirus, according to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
There have been 73 reported cases in the state of children becoming severely ill with symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome, he said Friday.
Doctors are now looking into how the virus affects children.
“Caution to all people, who, again, may have believed that their child couldn’t be affected by COVID, this information suggests we may want to revisit that fact, that assumption,” Cuomo added.
Also, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says police will start limiting access to three parks that illustrate bad social distancing.
The mayor also said that a “test and trace corps” of 2,500 will be in place in the city by early June to identify people who have the virus and determine whom they’ve had contact with.