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Paramedics unload a patient at Mount Sinai Morningside Hospital on April 14 in New York City. Photo: Rob Kim/Getty Images

More than 10,000 people have died in New York City due to the coronavirus in confirmed and probable cases, per newly released data from the city's health department.

The big picture: New York City's revised toll means that over 28,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus as of Tuesday, per data from Johns Hopkins.

Details: The more than 3,000 new fatalities logged by the city's health department refers to New Yorkers who did not test positive for the virus, but whose death certificates list COVID-19 as a suspected cause of death, NYC health department spokesperson Michael Lanza confirmed to Axios.

  • "We are committed to consistent reporting and with case definitions now established, we are making this information available to the public," Lanza said, when asked what prompted the New York City health department to include probable cases.
  • On April 5, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists approved the CDC to log probable cases of COVID-19 along with confirmed cases, in a statement on establishing a standardized case definition for the virus.

What's next: States like Ohio, Connecticut and Delaware recently began reporting probable coronavirus cases, per the New York Times. The country's death toll is likely to increase dramatically as more probable cases are included in state data.

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UN poll: Most see climate change as global emergency amid pandemic

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg (C) fronts a Fridays For Future protest at the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm in September. Photo: Jonathan Nacksrtrand/AFP via Getty Images

64% of people from around the world say climate change is a global emergency, a United Nations poll published Wednesday finds.

Why it matters: It's biggest global survey on climate change ever conducted, with some 1.2 million participants from 50 countries — including the U.S. where 65% of those surveyed view climate change as an emergency.

Collins helps contractor before pro-Susan PAC gets donation

Sen. Susan Collins during her reelection campaign. Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

A PAC backing Sen. Susan Collins in her high-stakes reelection campaign received $150,000 from an entity linked to the wife of a defense contractor whose firm Collins helped land a federal contract, new public records show.

Why it matters: The executive, Martin Kao of Honolulu, leaned heavily on his political connections to boost his business, federal prosecutors say in an ongoing criminal case against him. The donation linked to Kao was veiled until last week.

How cutting GOP corporate cash could backfire

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Companies pulling back on political donations, particularly to members of Congress who voted against certifying President Biden's election win, could inadvertently push Republicans to embrace their party's rightward fringe.

Why it matters: Scores of corporate PACs have paused, scaled back or entirely abandoned their political giving programs. While designed to distance those companies from events that coincided with this month's deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol, research suggests the moves could actually empower the far-right.