Coronavirus: Deaths In New York Have Reached A “Scary Number”

Coronavirus: Deaths In New York Have Reached A “Scary Number”

Coronavirus fatalities in New York have crossed a "scary number," as a proposal is expected to be announced today to reopen the hard-hit zone.  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed that another 671 people died overnight throughout the state from coronavirus, bringing the total death toll of the state to 10,056 – accounting for about half of all United States deaths – as of local time on Monday morning. 

"This is a scary number," said Governor Cuomo, referring to the tally which exceeded the 10,000 mark. 

While the daily toll dropped below 700 for the first time in a week, the governor noted that people were still dying at a "horrifying level of pain and sorrow."

Cuomo said, "This virus is very good at what it's doing. It is a killer."

The curve flattening has fuelled expectations in the coming weeks that New York would relax constraints on business and movement. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo told journalists that he was planning on a proposal to slowly reopen the economy, in collaboration with officials in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, and would make another statement on that in a couple hours.  Governor said, “I believe we can now start on the path to normalcy.”

“The optimum is to have as co-ordinated a regional plan as you can.”

Hospitals continue to see 2000 new patients a day across the state, which is now the global epicenter for COVID-19. While admissions remain large, they are lower than previous tallies — and few intubations.

Governor Cuomo said.“The numbers suggest a plateauing … if we do something stupid you will see those numbers go right back up tomorrow.”

“You can turn those numbers on two or three days of reckless behaviour.”

Mr Cuomo said that nobody will declare the epidemic unless a vaccine is available in 12-18 months.. 
One Federal Reserve board member warned the process could take 18 months to reopen.

“This could be a long, hard road that we have ahead of us until we get to either an effective therapy or a vaccine,” Neel Kashkari said, head of  Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

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