COVID-19 cases surpass 1.9 million worldwide, Australia death toll at 62 as unemployment rate tipped to grow
Cuomo said on Tuesday that a total of 18,697 people were hospitalised across New York, down from 18,825 a day earlier and the first tick lower since the crisis began. Patients hospitalised for COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus, were down by more than 300 people compared to the day before.
“We think we are at the apex on the plateau,” Cuomo said, although he cautioned that the decline, while part of a flattening trend over the past week or so, was statistically insignificant and warned against relaxing stay-at-home orders too quickly.
“We could lose all the progress we made in one week,” he said.
Cuomo said an additional 778 New Yorkers died on Monday, up from 671 a day earlier, which had marked the lowest daily death count since April 5. A total of 10,834 New York residents have died due to COVID-19, nearly half the total across the country.
Cuomo reiterated that he believed rapid, mass testing would be critical to getting people back to work and called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency to take the lead in procuring tests.
On Monday, Trump said he had total authority over when businesses and schools would reopen, a declaration that was immediately challenged by a number of governors on US Constitutional grounds.