Gov. Andrew Cuomo holds a coronavirus briefing on May 30. Photo: New York state official website

New York City will reopen on June 8, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters on Saturday.

Why it matters: The city was the original epicenter of the novel coronavirus in the U.S. and has reported the most infections and deaths in the country, per Johns Hopkins data.

What's next: New York City is adding 10 more coronavirus testing sites on Saturday in each of its zip codes, Cuomo said.

  • Under the state's "phase one" reopening plan, construction and delivery or curbside pickup for retail will be allowed in the city.

Where it stands: Deaths and hospitalizations from the coronavirus in New York state have continued to fall to new lows, with just over 65 people dying from the virus within the last 24 hours.

  • The Bronx currently has the highest number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19, Cuomo said, followed by Brooklyn and Queens.
  • Hispanic or Latino people make up over 56% of Bronx residents, according to Census data.
  • "Many more people of color died from the COVID virus than white people," Cuomo said, adding "there is a disparity, and there is inequality."

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The big picture: The U.S. had another record single-day spike of 63,200 new coronavirus cases from Thursday. COVID-19 cases in South Carolina have increased, with 21,560 cases recorded in the last two weeks.

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Global coronavirus death toll exceeds 500,000

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

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Why it matters: The world may now be past peak lockdown — with economies reopening from Spain to South Africa — but it has not seen the worst of the virus. More than one in five cases recorded during the entirety of the pandemic came in the last two weeks alone.

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Most of the states facing large coronavirus outbreaks today didn't build up their public health systems enough ahead of time.

Why it matters: States like Arizona, Florida and Texas had months to learn from the mistakes of New York and other early hotspots, yet find themselves now in similar situations.