New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Says He Won't Fight With Trump

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Says He Won't Fight With Trump

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has hired high-powered consultants to develop a science-based plan for the safe economic reopening of the region that can thwart expected pressure from President Donald Trump to move more rapidly, state government sources told Reuters on Wednesday.

"Any situation in public where you can not maintain social distancing" of at least that length, said the governor, requires wearing a face covering.

"On the ventilators, we've stabilized our health care situation", he said during his daily briefing on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

"You can not maintain social distancing on public transit", the governor continued.

The governor, who has himself eschewed masks during his daily news briefings, though he comes within six feet of his staff, said there will initially be no civil penalties for noncompliance, but he's urging merchants to enforce it among customers.

The president did say the federal government would block governors from ending social-distancing practices early if federal health officials determined it was unwise, adding that he wanted states like NY - the epicentre of the pandemic - to take their time coming back online.

President Trump on Wednesday said that recent data suggest that the United States has made it through the worst of new coronavirus cases, as he seeks to reopen the pandemic-beaten national economy.

Meanwhile, New York City announced 3,778 "probable" coronavirus deaths that could not be confirmed because no test was carried out.

With evidence that the outbreak is slowing in states like NY, political leaders have engaged in an acrimonious debate over when to try to reopen the economy without paving the way for a deadly second wave of infections.

Mr Cuomo's comments came as NY reported 778 new virus fatalities in 24 hours, pushing the total near 11,000. But unemployment has continued to surge as consumers stay home and businesses remain shuttered due to the outbreak. "I don't believe you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators".

"Any way the New York State Department of Health can work with the FDA to reduce that testing period, we are all in and energized and creative and ambitious about it". "These developments have put us in a strong position to finalize guidelines for states reopening", he said.

Cuomo said he had a "blueprint" centered on testing residents for the virus, and then tracing and isolating those who have it to control the spread. "I will never forget the generosity people across this country showed to our state". "It's intelligent but it's massive". The state is asking for help from the federal government, including a request for the Food and Drug Administration to approve a finger-prick test.

Trump said on Tuesday he would be authorising governors "of each individual state to implement a reopening - and a very powerful reopening - plan of their state at a time and in a matter as most appropriate".

"I don't want to wear a mask, and I'm not going to wear a mask", insisted local resident Darryl Pettiford.

Busy streets and grocery stores are two situations Cuomo used as examples. He emphasized New York's eagerness to assist in the testing process however it can.

Skelos has been serving a four-year and three-month prison term after he was convicted of extortion, wire fraud and bribery.

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