Covid-19: Total deaths, hospitalization drop 'good signs' of possible curve flattening: New York governor

NEW YORK: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said an effectively flat death toll over two days and a drop in the number of ICU admissions and hospitalizations could be good signs of a possible flattening of the curve in the state , but warned that complacent will be a mistake.

The state, the epicenter of the USA. In the USA, it has a total of 130,689 coronavirus cases and 4,758 people have died from the virus. But in a slight hint of hope, Cuomo said the death toll in the state has been effectively flat for two days.

In the 24 hours since April 4, the death toll increased to an all-time increase of 630.

But on both Sunday and Monday, fewer than 600 deaths from the virus were reported in New York: 594 on Sunday, 599 on Monday. In New York City, the number of cases reached 68,766 and the death toll was 2,738.

He said that while the death toll is not good news, the possible flattening of the curve is better than the increases we have seen.

Cuomo also said there was a drop in the total number of hospitalizations, admissions to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and daily intubations.

Those are good signs and would again suggest a possible flattening of the curve, he said as he addressed his daily report on coronavirus on Monday.

Cuomo's assistant Jim Malatras said that according to early projections, the peak of the pandemic in the state was estimated to arrive in late April and would require around 110,000 beds only for Covid-19 patients.

Now that we have a pretty robust set for the past few weeks ... might suggest that we are really at the top or starting to be at the top right now ... It looks like we are on the previous side of that time frame based on the current projections and models we've been looking at, he said.

However, Cuomo warned that the numbers could still go either way and we could still see an increase. So it is hopeful but it is also not conclusive and it still depends on what we do.

He said that a drop in numbers or reaching the top does not mean that the state becomes complacent with the strict measures implemented, such as social distancing.

All of these models have a coefficient of what we do and how successful we are at social distancing, he said, adding that from a decision-making point of view it won't matter if New York reaches the plateau or not because you have to do it. himself.

If we are on a plateau, we are stagnating at a very high level and there is tremendous stress on the health system. And if we are on a plateau, it is because social distancing is working, Cuomo said, adding that it must be guaranteed that social distancing really continues.

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The governor said schools and nonessential companies will continue to be closed until April 29, regardless of whether the COVID-19 curve stabilizes or not.

If that curve is spinning, it is spinning because the infection rate is going down. One of the reasons the infection rate is going down is because social distancing is working. We have to continue social distancing, he said.

Cuomo noted that he knows what the prolonged closure of essential schools and businesses does to the economy.

But as I said from day one, I'm not going to choose between public health and economic activity because, in any case, public health still demands that we stay on hiatus, with businesses closed and schools closed, whether we've reached the apex or if we did not. You should do the same, he said.

The governor warned that there is a real danger in getting overconfident too quickly.

This is an enemy that we have underestimated from day one and we have paid the dear price, he said, citing examples of mistakes made by Hong Kong and South Korea in reducing restrictions too soon.

We are not going to make that mistake, the climate is changing. People have been locked up. We have been talking about cabin fever. Now is a good day to go out. I'm going to go for a walk. Now is not the time to do it. And frankly, there has been a laxity in social distancing ... that's totally unacceptable, he said.

It is understandable that people have been locked up for a long time, but now is not the time to be lax. We all have a responsibility. We all have a role in this. We said it from the first day. We have to respect the role we play. Because the role we play is a social obligation, this is how I see it, Cuomo said.

He also announced that the state is increasing the maximum fine for violations of the state's social distancing protocol from $ 500 to $ 1,000 to help address non-adherence to the social distancing protocols.

The Governor asked the federal government to allow the use of the USNS Comfort hospital ship for patients with Covid-19.

President Donald Trump has granted his request that the Javits Temporary Hospital facilities be used only for COVID-19 positive patients, and the addition of the USNS Comfort would help ease the pressure on the state hospital system with an addition of 1,000 Beds.

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