efe-epaBy Jorge Fuentelsaz New York

The United States now leads the world in the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections and New York State, which accounts for nearly half of the national total and more than a third of the deaths, must contend not only with the public health crisis but also with a potentially catastrophic economic impact.

The state's coronavirus death toll increased by more than 200 overnight to 728, officials said Saturday, while Covid-19 cases topped 52,000.