(New York) The State of New York crossed the milestone of 10,000 deaths from COVID-19 on Monday, said Governor Andrew Cuomo, who nevertheless considered that “the worst” of the crisis had “passed”.
Posted on April 13, 2020 at 11:49 a.m.
Updated at 1:04 p.m.
“The worst is over, if we continue to be smart” and to follow the containment measures, he nevertheless qualified. “If we do something stupid, you’ll see those numbers go up tomorrow.”
New York State, and New York City alone, has recorded more coronavirus-related deaths than most countries around the world, except Italy, Spain, France, United Kingdom and obviously the United States.
However, the net number of hospitalizations (difference between admissions and discharges) is clearly slowing down.
It was 118 over the last 24 hours compared to more than 1,000 on April 3 and the days before.
If it is still considerable, with 671 deaths, the toll of the last 24 hours is the lowest for a week (April 5).
“We are controlling the spread” of the virus, said the governor.
Asked about the risk that the announcement of control of the pandemic in the New York region will lead to a relaxation in compliance with containment, Andrew Cuomo has taken refuge behind the figures.
“I’m not going to lie to people,” he explained. “The facts are the facts. The numbers are the numbers. I need people to think that what we are doing is credible. ”
Andrew Cuomo met with the governors of several states in the region on Monday to discuss a gradual lifting of the lockdown.
Following this meeting with his counterparts in New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and Delaware, he announced the formation of a coordination group that will include three representatives from each of these northern states. Is American.
“We can now take the path back to normalcy,” said Andrew Cuomo, “and have a plan that involves restarting certain activities, with a delicate balance. ”
Asked about a timeline, the governor of New York State declined to give a date, but said the start of the phase-out of the lockdown was a matter of “weeks”.
On Monday, US President Donald Trump said restarting some or all non-essential activities was his decision, not the governors’.
Asked about these statements, Andrew Cuomo delivered, in hollow, a criticism of the management of the crisis by the Trump administration and the lack of coordination at the national level.
“Do you want to change the business model? You can do it as president, but what’s the model? », Declared the Democrat, stressing that Donald Trump had so far largely left the States free of their decisions to face the pandemic.
“And let’s learn from the past,” he added, “because so far navigation has not been mastered, let’s be honest. ”
He also said he was “open” to the federal government taking control of crisis management, but asked for “clarity”.
Another sign that the states are getting organized without waiting for instructions from the federal government, California, Oregon and Washington jointly announced Monday the constitution of a “regional pact” similar to the one taking shape in the East.
The project is to be presented in more detail on Tuesday.