New York, United States:
New York governor Andrew Cuomo extended the state's shutdown order Thursday through May 15. He cited data that showed conditions were improving, but insisted on the need to remain vigilant.
The governor noted declining hospitalization rates and ICU patients, but said infection rates would have to decrease significantly before the economy could be reopened.
"I would like to see the infection rate decrease even further," said Cuomo at his daily meeting, reporting that 606 more people had died at the US COVID-19 epicenter, the lowest daily number in 10 days.
"I don't want to project beyond that period," he said. "A month is a long time."
The announcement was made on the eve of the implementation of a directive that forced New Yorkers to wear face coverings in public places where they must not be 1.83 meters apart.
In a hopeful note, Cuomo said that New York State – in which at least 11,586 people died from COVID-19 and well over half a million tested positive – would each donate 100 ventilators to New Jersey and Michigan and 50 to Maryland.
"We understand resource sharing as we have never understood it before, and we understand state sharing and how good people were in New York when we needed it," said Cuomo.