New York.- With 731 deaths in one day, the state of New York registered its deadliest day by COVID-19 on Tuesday, but at the same time confirmed that it may be reaching a phase of stabilization of the pandemic, which in the The United States as a whole borders on 380,000 cases and 12,000 deaths.
New York, the epicenter of the disease in the country, accumulates almost 139,000 positives – already surpassing Italy and approaching the total for Spain – and 5,489 deaths, according to the latest balance of the authorities.
After two consecutive days with less than 600 fatalities, the state experienced a rebound with 731 deaths in the last 24 hours, the highest daily since the crisis began.RELATED
“Behind all these numbers is an individual, a family, a mother, a father, a brother, a sister. Much pain again today,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo in his daily press conference.
In the midst of suffering, however, New York begins to see some reason for hope.
The daily number of new hospitalizations, despite an increase in the last 24 hours, shows according to Cuomo a clear downward trend and the same occurs with admissions to intensive care units and intubations.
The governor said that the projections handled by the state say that “a stabilization in the total number of hospitalizations is being reached” and that, a priori, the worst scenarios expected are not going to be met.
All this, he insisted, is proof that the rules of social distancing and the economic halt decreed by the authorities is working and must continue.
With more deaths than 9/11
In New York City, the epicenter of the epicenter, deaths from coronaviruses officially exceeded the death toll of the September 11, 2001 attacks on Tuesday, in which almost 3,000 people died.
However, there, too, there are signs that the contagion explosion is beginning to subside and that in recent days “something has changed,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Among the positive indicators, De Blasio highlighted that the demand for respirators has remained more or less stable for the last 24 hours, partially halting one of the city’s major concerns, which was running out of sufficient equipment in the coming days.
Meanwhile, it was learned that a crew member of the Armed Forces hospital ship Comfort, anchored in New York to support the city, has tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolated from his colleagues and patients.
The pandemic progresses across the country
In neighboring New Jersey, the second state with the most cases in the United States, authorities announced on Tuesday a further tightening of containment measures after the total number of deaths reached 1,232, with 44,416 confirmed cases and without the “peak “of the outbreak still in sight.
Across the country, cases continue to accumulate at various hot spots, including outbreaks that are advancing strongly in several major cities such as Detroit, Chicago and New Orleans.
In Florida, the total count already amounts to 14,504 cases, with 283 deaths, and with its main focus in the south of the state, including the Miami area.
Despite the pandemic, the state of Wisconsin was holding its primary elections on Tuesday, after justice invalidated the decree of Democratic Governor Tony Evers to postpone the elections until June 9.
Trump against WHO
Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump lashed out at the World Health Organization (WHO), which he accused of offering the wrong recommendations, and threatened to cut funds that Washington provides him.
Trump, via Twitter, also questioned reports from his own Health Department about shortages of supplies and personnel in the country’s hospitals.
In addition, the US President decided to relieve the Department of Defense Inspector General, Gleen A. Fine, from his position, who was in charge of leading a new group of experts to supervise how the Administration uses the funds to respond to the coronavirus crisis. .