NY sees drop in new hospitalizations, deaths keep rising

NY sees drop in new hospitalizations, deaths keep rising

"We are cautiously optimistic we are slowing the rate of infections", Cuomo said.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that for the first time since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis the number of people in intensive care units has gone down.

Lt. Governor, Kathy Hochul, said that the clock doesn't start ticking once an applicant finally gets through to the appropriate person, online or on the phone; it starts ticking when you lost your job.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says new cases in hospitals fell to a fresh low of 200 in a sign the disease's curve was flattening in the state, the epicentre of the USA outbreak.

USA deaths due to coronavirus topped 14,700 on Wednesday, the second-highest reported number in the world behind Italy, according to a Reuters tally. NY is accounting for around half the number of deaths across the country.

Officials at one point said they'd need 140,000 beds statewide and one model even projected 130,000 beds would be needed in New York City alone.

Bodies are buried in a trench on Hart Island, Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in the Bronx borough of NY.

"We are flattening the curve", the governor told reporters.

Though the deaths are increasing, the number of the need for hospitalizations is dramatically decreasing, said Dr. Anthony Fauci at a White House briefing Thursday.

Last, Cuomo said $200 million in food assistance will be distributed to families enrolled in SNAP, and the state is COVID-19 Heroes Compensation Fund to help healthcare workers.

New York State Budget Director Robert Mujica says New York could be looking at a $10-$15 billion revenue shortfall. California hospitals have more than 11,000 ventilators, and two-thirds aren't being used, he said.

Whites make up 27 percent of the death toll and are 32 percent of the Big Apple's population.

But Americans must resist the temptation to backslide on social distancing now that signs of progress have emerged in the battle against the coronavirus outbreak, U.S. medical and state officials said on Thursday. "That's the opportunity to flatten the curve, but you've got to get people to comply with the measures and we've never seen anything before like this in the country". He says people have underestimated the virus from day one, and it's very good at what it does.

Discussing what the next steps should be, Mr Cuomo highlighted the importance of testing capacity, saying that it would be "the bridge from where we are today, to the new economy".

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