Empire State Building lights up for first responders, medical professionals

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New York’s Empire State Building was lit up like an ambulance Monday night in honour of first responders and medical professionals on the front lines of the city’s coronavirus outbreak.

The top of the iconic skyscraper was lit red, with revolving red and white lights circling the mast to resemble a siren.

The death toll in the state of New York climbed by more than 250 in a single day to a total of more than 1,200 victims on Monday, most of them in the city, according to authorities.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks.

For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

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