New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he would extend the state blockade for another month to May 15, despite the number of new cases that are on the decline.
According to Guardian, Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York on April 16, said that the state – the most heavily affected by Covid-19 in the whole of the United States – effectively controlled the spread of corona virus. .
Cuomo said the number of hospitalizations for viruses across the state had decreased slightly, from 18,000 to 17,000, while the average number of hospitalizations of three days – the most accurate indicator to identify the peak – had also gone down. in recent times.
Governor Cuomo also emphasized that there were 2,000 new cases recorded yesterday, but the number of recovery and hospitalizations was larger than this number.
“We can control the spread. We were not sure we could do that,” Mr. Cuomo said.
He also announced that he would extend the state blockade for another month, until March 15. The current rate of infection of one person infected with Covid-19 for others in New York is 0.9 (each infected person infects 0.9 others), a significant decrease compared to the previous weeks, but he Cuomo stressed that the disease transmission rate in Wuhan was reduced to 0.3 before the city lifted the blockade.
606 deaths from Covid-19 were recorded in the last 24 hours, lower than 752 deaths from the previous day.
According to Cuomo, the state of New York needs to significantly improve its Covid-19 testing capability in order to restart economic activities.
A system needs to be developed to quickly identify and track new infections, as well as to track possible infectious cases.
Mr. Cuomo emphasized the need for the participation of the federal government to improve the efficiency of testing, although he said that the federal government seemed “not interested in participating in testing”.
The New York governor described the decree to require people at home, which he and many other local leaders in the United States issued, “one of the most influential policies that affect the lives of the people the government has issued.” “, and he expresses gratitude that” people are choosing to do the right thing “.
“I have faith in New Yorkers. And what they did worked,” Mr. Cuomo said.