New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said one day dead on Saturdayfell below 100 for the first time in weeks. On Friday, 84 people died of the coronavirus in New York, he said, compared to 109 the day before.
“Eighty-four is still a tragedy, no doubt,” he said. “But the fact that it’s as low as it is is generally good news.”
At its peak, the number of COVID-19 day deaths in New York was
New York City, the epicenter of the state’s epidemic, reached its peak on April 7, when 590 people died in one day.
Since then, deaths and hospitalizations in the city have declined steadily. The city reported 26 deaths from the coronavirus on Wednesday, its latest public data.
Cuomo said on Saturday that the Long Island and Mid-Hudson areas, which border New York, are still on track to start reopening early next week. If deaths continue to decline, Mid-Hudson could reopen Tuesday and Long Island by Wednesday.
The governor warned residents to remain vigilant by wearing masks and social distancing as regions begin to reopen.
“Do not underestimate this virus. We know that it can raise its ugly head at any time,” he said on Saturday.
Cuomo held its daily briefings after issuing a decree authorizing small, non-essential gatherings. The order, which was issued in time for Memorial Day weekend, authorizes any “non-essential gathering of ten people or less, for any legitimate reason or reason,” CBS New York reported.
According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, 28,853 people have died from coronavirus in New York State since the start of the pandemic, and more than 63,000 people have recovered from the virus. New York has had the most deaths of all states; followed by New Jersey, where 10,985 people died.
The United States as a whole has by far recorded the most deaths of any country, according to a count from Johns Hopkins University. A total of 96,125 people died from the virus in the country, followed by 36,475 in the United Kingdom.