USA coronavirus expert Fauci: "Now is no time to back off"

USA coronavirus expert Fauci:

There have been a total of 161,807 confirmed cases and 7,844 deaths - 777 over the past 24 hours - in the state.

Although the daily death toll had dropped from 630 on April 3 to 594 on April 4, it has since increased to the current number.

Mr. Cuomo said that such a discrepancy should not affect his credibility.

The mayor and governor both touched on the hard financial situation for New Yorkers who have lost their jobs. The news is that NY state has now more confirmed cases of COVID-19 than any other country outside the United States.

The governor called for a "heroes fund" similar to the one set up in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks for healthcare workers and first responders.

The apparent progress in efforts to slow the spread of the highly contagious virus were also reflected in fresh computer models scaling back the projected nationwide death toll to 60,000, down from earlier forecasts of at least 100,000. All projections had higher numbers if NY didn't flatten the curve.

"One can not be at the expense of the other", he said, cautioning that no one knows if there will be a second wave of infections. Members of the coronavirus task force look at data every day for indications "we can go forward in a gradual way to essentially reopening the country", Fauci said, and report back to Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

He also said that the three-day average of people hospitalised from Covid-19 was down.

The White House expert Dr Deborah Birx has said there are positive signs that the outbreak is stabilising, but warned: "We have not reached the peak".

"The awful news is the number of lives lost - 783 yesterday". "It's not enough if you want to reopen on a meaningful scale and reopen quickly, " Cuomo told a state Capitol news briefing.

Hospitalizations are a main focus of officials and healthcare managers because a system becoming overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients can lead to a spike in mortality rates.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson remained hospitalized with the virus but was out of intensive care. "We must avoid a second wave of infection". In Europe, Britain recorded 980 new deaths, likewise a one-day high, for close to 9,000 dead in all.

Italy, Ireland and Greece were among the countries extending lockdown orders into May. They participated in the daily applause and cheers that take place around the city, as residents thank hospital workers for their efforts.

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