The state of New York has registered a new and slight reduction in daily deaths, a total of 330 compared to 335 the previous day, while the number of hospitalizations has remained for the second consecutive day below 1,000, according to the governor. Andrew Cuomo, who announced Wednesday that hospitals across much of the state will again be able to perform nonessential surgical operations.
In his daily press conference, Cuomo announced that 957 people have been hospitalized in the last hours, four more than the previous day, figures that have not been recorded for a month.
However, and despite the contagion and hospitalization curve continuing a slow downward trend, Cuomo warned that he will proceed “with care” before beginning the relaxation of the measures to contain the coronavirus, as well as the reopening of the economy.RELATED
In this sense, he insisted that a key element before starting to lift any measure is that hospitals have 30% of their general beds free as well as the same percentage of their beds in the intensive care units available, once operations Surgical procedures have been resumed.
Regarding this, Cuomo said that today he will sign an executive order allowing the return of surgical operations in those New York counties where the incidence of the virus has not been so high.
However, places such as New York City, the epicenter of the pandemic in the country, and several of the neighboring counties, where COVID-19 has hit hard, these types of practices will continue to be prohibited.
Cuomo also noted that the reopening will take place as long as a contagion rate of 1.1 or less is maintained. He recalled that countries such as Germany went from a contagion rate of 0.7 to 1.0 after relaxing their containment measures. The contagion rate measures the average number of people that a citizen affected by the coronavirus infects.
Furthermore, Cuomo indicated 17.1% of emergency medical and fire department workers have had the disease at some point, statewide, according to preliminary results from an antibody study.
Likewise, 10.5% of the state’s police officers have suffered, a proportion that rises to around 18% when it comes to the southern counties of New York, including New York City.
He also indicated that he has asked the public transport network for a plan to ensure that all Metro cars and buses are disinfected every night, after the appearance of several articles in the local press denouncing the lack of hygiene in some places of the Metro. .