New York governor Andrew Cuomo said on Friday that the number of coronavirus patients in intensive care units across the state had decreased on the last day, giving a glimmer of hope that the increase in intensive care hospital stays could level off.
Andrew Cuomo said 17 patients were fewer in state intensive care on Thursday than the day before. This was the first time that a group of patients had declined since the outbreak began, and is a sign that social removal measures are successfully reducing the spread of the virus.
New York, the epicenter of the outbreak in the United States, had 7,844 deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, almost half of all deaths in the United States.
"What we do will literally affect life and death for hundreds of people," said Andrew Cuomo during a press conference, adding that government officials were "cautiously optimistic" because some hospitalization trends had waned.
"Keep doing what we're doing. Stay home because it works. We'll smooth the curve," he said.
There were 290 new admissions in one day, more than the 200 taken the day before, but far less than just over a week ago when more than 1,400 New Yorkers were hospitalized for the coronavirus in a day, said Cuomo.
The number of Coronavirus deaths per day in New York continues to fluctuate in the high 700s. There were 777 deaths on the last day, compared to 799 the day before.
While New York has tested around 390,000 people for the corona virus more than any other state, Cuomo said that the limited availability of tests could delay business and travel reopening.
The federal government should use the Defense Production Act to improve test capacities in the United States. New York, Connecticut and New Jersey would join in efforts to "scale" the tests.
"We need unprecedented mobilization where the government can run these tests in the millions," said Cuomo.
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