‘We CAN control the beast’: New York’s daily coronavirus deaths drop to less than 500 for the first time since April 2, as Cuomo urges Trump to give frontline workers a 50% bonus for ‘us on their back’ from the pandemic
- There were 478 new deaths in New York on Sunday, the lowest since April 2, bringing the death toll to 14,347 across the state
- Governor Andrew Cuomo said “we can control the beast” of the virus by continuing to distance ourselves socially
- He urges the federal government to give frontline workers a 50 percent bonus as a thank you
- He tweeted that they had “carried us on our backs” through the crisis and that we continue to do so
- The total number of hospital admissions decreased by 110 and is now 16,103, with 1,180 people admitted on Sunday
- Cuomo said he would like to reopen but will not do it in a way that could nullify all progress made
- In any case, Lockdown will remain in effect until May 15 in New York; Random antibody tests to determine how much of the population may have been exposed to the virus begin Monday
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Daily coronavirus deaths in New York have fallen to less than 500 for the first time since April 2, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday calling on the federal government to give frontline workers a 50 percent bonus for ” to carry us on our back ‘through the crisis.
There were 478 COVID-19 deaths in New York on Sunday, bringing the total death toll to 14,347.
Cuomo tweeted on Sunday that New York was now past its prime and descended “ the other side of the mountain, ” but that the virus was still a threat enough to keep the state locked.
The number of hospital admissions fell by 110 to 16,103 and 1,180 new patients were admitted on Sunday.
Cuomo said that while the death toll was still “horribly high,” the data is heading in the right direction.
“We’ll get through this. We can control the beast, which is great news. We still have a lot of work to do to reopen, but we are going to set the bar high and introduce ourselves again, ” he said.
He urges President Trump to increase the capacity of the states to conduct mass tests and to give first-line workers the same generosity as airlines and large companies with bailouts.
“I would suggest a risk pay for frontline workers. Pay them what they earn. Give them a 50 percent bonus and do it now, “he said on Monday’s briefing.
Cuomo urges the federal government to give frontline workers a 50 percent bonus
He also published a tweet that read, “Our frontline workers deserve a reward for danger. They earn a 50% bonus. They carry us on their back through this crisis. People of color disproportionately form the brave frontline. ‘
Cuomo also noted that it had been 92 days since the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in the United States.
On Monday, New York launched an antibody test study randomly selecting 3,000 people in supermarkets to do a fingerstick blood test.
The goal is to determine what percentage of the population has recovered from the virus and can return to work.
The test was developed by the state’s own laboratory. It is unclear how accurate it is. There are serious concerns about the dozens of antibody tests currently on the market.
The problem lies in the sensitivity and specificity of the test.
While a test can be 99 percent accurate in specificity, which means that scientists know roughly how many of the tests were accurate as a percentage, sensitivity is more difficult to determine, which is finding which of the tests were accurate and which were not.
Cuomo extended the closure of New York to May 15 last week.
He said Monday that he knew he had been ‘aggressive’ with his approach, but it worked. People must continue to abide by social distance rules and wear masks in public, because he believes it is “literally life or death.”
Cuomo said on Monday that New York numbers continued to move in the right direction and the peak was over
“I have probably been the most aggressive governor in the country with regulations and precautions in place. I think I was justified because we had a bigger problem than anywhere else, but I think where we are right now.
“I can’t make personal behavior mandatory. I could never do it. My strategy from day one was to know that we should ask people to do things.
“I can sit here and say what I want to say … my strategy is to give them the facts, tell them why and New Yorkers are smart. If they understand why, they will do it.
“Some people are not happy with masks, stay at home … but no one is happy about this.
“We are talking about personal health. [If] you are reckless here, you could die.
“It is a matter of life and death. I don’t think I can do anything else, “he said.