NEW YORK – A slight decline in new coronavirus deaths in New York in the past 24 hours could be a glimmer of hope that the spread is slowing down, Governor Andrew Cuomo said Sunday.
With the new data, the number of deaths in the state was almost 4,200. More than 122,000 people have tested positive in the state and 16,000 remained hospitalized as of this Sunday, the New York government reported.
Cuomo said it was too early to determine if the pandemic had peaked. “We could be very close to the vertex, or the vertex could be a plateau and we could be on the plateau right now,” he explained.RELATED
The state reported 594 new deaths from coronavirus this Sunday, compared to 630 announced the previous day. Admissions and intubations in intensive care units also decreased, the governor said, while the number of people discharged from hospitals increased.
The ruler was cautiously optimistic when he urged New Yorkers to remain vigilant and continue to adhere to strict social distancing policies.
“The coronavirus is truly cruel,” he declared. “He is an effective killer. People who are very vulnerable must remain isolated and protected. “
Meanwhile, New York City will enter a critical phase of the coronavirus fight this week amid official warnings of grim death toll and unprecedented challenges to the overwhelmed public health system.
Very few people took to the streets, and those who did it, either to get a little exercise or to buy basic items, did so with gloves and masks.
The quarantine picture was unambiguous as New Yorkers faced their fourth week of isolation.
All businesses were closed except for essential ones. They closed theaters, movie theaters, restaurants, bars, cafes, shops. Practically the only thing open is pharmacies and markets. A few restaurants were open, but they only accepted take-out or home delivery orders.
The spring break in schools was canceled. One measure that caused controversy was the decision to maintain classes even on Passover and Good Friday. The educational authorities explained the decision stating that it was necessary to maintain the continuation of online learning.
The number of confirmed cases of the COVID-19 disease exceeded 1.2 million worldwide on Sunday, with nearly 70,000 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University count.
In most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. But in some, especially older adults and people with pre-existing conditions, it can cause more serious conditions like pneumonia or even death.