Cuomo says NY giving away some ventilators, coronavirus outbreak 'stabilized' there

Cuomo says NY giving away some ventilators, coronavirus outbreak 'stabilized' there

Cuomo says NY giving away some ventilators, coronavirus outbreak 'stabilized' there

Mr Cuomo's comments came as NY reported 778 new virus fatalities in 24 hours, pushing the total near 11,000. All people must wear masks in public.

Face coverings will be now be required in any place where people can't stay at least six feet away from other people. He said the rule to help control the spread of coronavirus would go into effect in three days.

But first, he offered a look at the ongoing "plateau".

He pointed to declining cases in the NY metro area, flattening infection curves in Detroit and Denver, and encouraging signs in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore as evidence social distancing was working to reduce the spread of the virus. Nonetheless, he cautioned, "We are still in the woods". We're still in the woods ...

You see what is happening with the stock market already because a lot of the very smart financial people the great minds they are looking at the stock, and they are saying wow because really what they are seeing is how we are doing. "The health care situation has stabilized, the fear of overwhelming the healthcare system has not happened", he said. "We're stabilized. We're going to send 100 ventilators to MI and 50 to the state of Maryland".

McKinsey is providing analysis on testing availability and demand across the state, supply chain for critical supplies, hospital capacity and virus projections, a company official said.

"Anything we can do to work with the federal government to get the vaccine done faster, we are all in", he continued.

But the estimated timeline for a vaccine is 12 to 18 months.

As for restarting the economy, Cuomo noted that it will be done in phases.

Trump said that over 20 of the 50 States are now in extremely good shape.

"We can not do the testing and tracing without federal assistance", Cuomo said.

And despite his combative tone on Monday and earlier Tuesday, Trump at a later White House event said he would be making decisions about how to reopen the economy in consultation with governors.

On Wednesday, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a $170 million initiative to feed residents in need. "You're talking about a state with over 19 million people".

Italy, with more than 21,000, has the second-most reported deaths caused by the pathogen that first emerged a year ago in China, followed by Spain with more than 18,500. Mr. Cuomo compared testing capacity to the ventilator shortage at the beginning of the crisis.

Cuomo urged, for example, that the Federal Emergency Management Agency take over purchase and distribution of testing kits to prevent chaotic bidding wars between state governments. A lesson should have been learned.

The gradually phased reopening will be determined by (1) how essential an industry is and (2) what the infection risk is for each industry.

Both Cuomo and de Blasio said leaders need to be deliberative about trying to rev up the economy without creating an opportunity for the coronavirus to come roaring back.

The briefing is expected to begin at 5 p.m. ET.

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