New York ‘back to where we started’ in covid-19 fight, governor says
Wednesday, 20 May 2020 12:35 AM [ Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 12:35 AM ]
The coronavirus outbreak in the US state of New York is back to where it started, Governor Andrew Cuomo says.
“We’re basically back to where we started before this tragedy descended upon us,” he said at a news briefing Monday. “Number of deaths on a relative scale is down dramatically from where it was in the first place but it’s still painfully high.”
The New York governor noted, however, that the number of coronavirus deaths reached 105 on Monday, about the same number on March 26
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“Look how fast that incline is, how steep that incline is and look at how slow relatively that decline is. You can get into trouble quickly with this virus and it takes you a longer time to turn that curve and to turn that infection rate. So don’t let a spike happen in the first place,” he said while referencing a chart of total hospitalizations in the state related to the coronavirus.
The Democratic governor also suggested that the lockdown measures put in place to tackle the spread of the disease have been effective.
“When someone asks well why did we go through all this pain for two months, three months? Because we saved lives. That’s why.”
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Cuomo further asserted that Long Island has been making great progress in battling the pandemic.
“We were losing about 100 residents per day, we’re now down to about 13 per day,” he said.