Friday, 05 June, 2020

Cuomo says early signs show coronavirus distancing may be working

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Deanna Wagner | 26 March, 2020, 11:43

"It would be really awful for the state of New York", Cuomo said at his daily press conference, claiming New York State would receive just under $4 billion in funding from the huge package.

"The arrows are headed in the right direction, and that is always better than the arrows headed in the wrong direction", Cuomo said at a press conference Wednesday.

"Can you slow the spread?" he said.

Cuomo went on to say that his team has been talking to the White House about the concept of "rolling deployment" to coronavirus "hotspots" in a time when NY has "the greatest need in terms of numbers". Projections on Monday showed them doubling every 3.4 days and projections on Tuesday showed them doubling every 4.7 days, Cuomo told reporters in Albany.

"Our closeness makes us vulnerable", said Governor Cuomo, who has emerged as a leading national voice on the coronavirus.

In an ominous sign, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said the states of New York, North Carolina and Hawaii had requested special mortuary teams that can be deployed for mass casualties.

The vice-president said: "We have to deal with the New York City metropolitan area as a high-risk area".

"You can not buy them, you can not find them", Cuomo said.

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However, any House member could demand a recorded, roll-call vote, which has potential to drag out the process. This was a key Democratic initiative, which Schumer dubbed "unemployment insurance on steroids".

At a Fox News telephone town hall later in the day, Mr. Trump argued that Mr. Cuomo should have bought ventilators five years ago in anticipation of a potential pandemic.

While Trump has said he would like to see parts of the United States economy reopening for business by April, and see churches packed by Easter Sunday, on 12 April, New York officials have implemented extreme social distancing measures, having non-essential employees work from home, shuttering schools and only allowing restaurants to provide takeout and delivery. "We haven't flattened the curve, and the curve is actually increasing". "We're gonna lose some people".

Dr. Rebekah Gee, head of Louisiana State University's healthcare services division, said that Mardi Gras, when 1.4 million tourists descended on New Orleans for celebrations that included tightly packed street parades, fed the city's outbreak. The figure is the biggest among the USA states and more than eight times the tally of New Jersey, which has the second largest number of infections in the country.

But while the drug trials begin, experts still point to self-quarantining, especially in New York State, as the most effective way to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. "New York is going first". The new projection suggests that the number of hospital beds needed could be as high as 140,000.

The percentage of patients requiring hospital care decreased down to 12 percent of the overall cases, with 3 percent of those in intensive care units.

California Governor Gavin Newsom, who has warned that the nation's most populous state needs at least 50,000 more hospital beds, closed parking lots at state-owned beaches and parks after seeing surfers flouting stay-at-home rules.

The Jacob Javits Center - a landmark convention center in midtown Manhattan - is being repurposed as a temporary hospital for Covid-19, along with four other sites selected by the army corps of engineers. "I find it abhorrent that the only message a man who, mere days earlier when asked why celebrities and wealthy people were able to get tested before everyone, 'That's the story of life, ' would get out of this is that it can be used as a cudgel to attack an enemy", Sherman said.

Calling Trump racist is one point, however urging Americans not to listen to him about the most very bad situation our country has actually dealt with in years goes across the line.