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‘Back to where we started’ — New York coronavirus hospitalizations fall to March levels, Cuomo says

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo reveals a face mask at a daily briefing at North Shore University Hospital, during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Manhasset, New York, U.S., May 6, 2020.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday that the number of new daily Covid-19 hospitalizations had returned to the stage it was at when he issued a statewide closure of nonessential businesses nearly two months ago. 

Cuomo said that 521 of us have been hospitalized with the disease on Saturday and 207 died of it. The hospitalization figure, he said, “takes us legal back to the place we started this hellish hotfoot.”

“Where we are today is basically, with the number of new cases, is basically legal the place we have been when we started. It has been a painful period of time between March 20 to May 9,” Cuomo said. 

Death figures have lagged these tracking hospitalizations. Cuomo said that 207 fatalities “takes us back to almost the place we started, about a week in, as the number of deaths started to increase.”

“Aloof terribly high, however better,” Cuomo said. 

Cuomo signed a “‘New York State on PAUSE” executive expose on March 20 that closed nonessential businesses and ordered residents to adopt social distancing measures.

The number of new cases, hospitalizations and deaths surged in the weeks that adopted however have since started to decline. 

“All of this work, all of this development of turning that tide, of reducing the rate of infection, that’s all thanks to New Yorkers and what New Yorkers did,” Cuomo said. 

The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in New York on March 20 was 7,102. More than 330,000 in the state, the hardest hit in the country, have since examined certain, according to a tracker maintained by state health authorities. More than 20,000 have died. 

Cuomo said Sunday that the state is looking to start its economy back up on a regional basis. 

“We are looking space to space across the state as to the place it may be appropriate to reopen,” he said. 

The March 20 stay-at-residence expose is due to expire subsequent Friday, though Cuomo now not too long ago signed an executive expose enabling him to push back the deadline.