New York governor says ‘worst is over’ as COVID-19 deaths exceed 10,000

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday that the “worst is over” for its COVID-19 pandemic, has now recorded 10,056 deaths from COVID-19.

New York is the epicenter of the outbreak in the United States the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, or nearly half of the total across the country.

Several states raised devising a plan to reestablish their shattered economies.

New York Gov. Cuomo said lower average hospitalization rates and intubations proposed a “plateauing” of infections in America’s coronavirus epicenter but warned the outbreak could worsen if restrictions are lifted too quickly.

“The worst is over if we continue to be smart going forward. I believe we can now start on the path to normalcy,” Cuomo told reporters.

The governor, a Democrat, said 671 people had died in New York in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths in America’s hardest-hit state to 10,056.

It was the lowest single-day toll in New York since April 5. The highest of 799 was reported on Thursday of last week.

Cuomo and the governors of neighboring New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Rhode Island later held a joint conference call where they announced a task force to come up with a reopening plan.

Earlier, President Donald Trump tweeted that any decision to end shutdowns rested with him, even though it was individual governors who rolled out the lockdowns in the first place.

America’s federal system of government delegates powers to the governors of the 50 states, but the president, in theory, can use his powers to oversee a coordinated national strategy.

Cuomo said 18 officials, three from each of the six east coast states, would start work immediately on a “coordinated” proposal to get businesses and schools open again.

“We didn’t start with a timetable but we’ll say to the group, ‘We want it ASAP but we want it smart,'” Cuomo explained.

He said at his earlier press conference that the reopening would be gradual, would involve easing isolation measures and could start with recalibrating who is an essential worker.

Cuomo said the reopening would be in incremental steps and that he believed those steps should be informed mainly by public health experts and not politicians.

“You’ll start to open that valve on the economic activity, and you’ll turn that valve very slowly,” he said. “Do it carefully. Do it slowly and do it intelligently – more testing, and more precautions.”

In reopening the economy, Cuomo said the focus would be on “re-calibrating what is essential” and would at first involve more “central” workers. He said more testing would be needed to collect information about who should be going to work.

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