WASHINGTON

The U.S. state of New York recorded its largest single-day spike in coronavirus deaths, said Gov. Andrew Cuomo Tuesday.

The death toll jumped 731 to 5,489, the “largest single day increase,” Cuomo said during a daily briefing.

“Behind everyone of those numbers is an individual, is a family, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers. So a lot of pain again today for many New Yorkers,” said the governor.

“They are in our thoughts and prayers.”

There are 138,836 confirmed cases in the state, a more than 8,000 increase from the previous day.

New York is the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak,

Read more: US: NY sees largest single-day spike in COVID-19 deaths