Hospital admissions of the new coronavirus in New York City have fallen to an all-time low of 154 per day and a death toll of 58, was announced Tuesday.
Governor Andrew Cuomo released the numbers ahead of the areas in Albany and Buffalo en route to phase 2 of their reopening plan.
New York City kicks off on June 8 amid economic activity increasing calls to reopen the city after 12 weeks of brutal closure.
But riots and looting after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis prison have raised concerns. COVID-19 progress could experience setbacks.
Cuomo assured New Yorkers on Tuesday that the city was “on track amidst all of this to open the first Monday following phase.”
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has extended at 8 p.m. curfew all week hoping to stop the destruction that continued at night.
Cuomo accused the Blasio and New York police during his separate briefing as ineffective in light of the nightly looting. The governor said he was offering help from the National Guard, an option the Blasio is against.
“The NYPD and the mayor didn’t do their job last night, I believe,” Cuomo said during his briefing in Albany. “You have 38,000 NYPD people. It is the largest police department in the United States of America. Use 38,000 people and protect property. ‘
Governor Andrew Cuomo New York new hospital admissions of coronavirus have dropped to ‘all time low’ of 154 a day and a death toll of 58
Phase one will resume all curbside-based retailing and will also bring production and construction workers back to work.
Phase two, in which office workers can return, open hairdressing salons and start real estate deals again, is likely to take place two weeks later, on June 22.
In New York City, bars and restaurants will be closed on March 16; all non-essential companies closed four days later on March 20.
On June 8, it will be completely closed for almost 12 weeks.
Gov Cuomo said on Tuesday, “We have more good news today. The number of new covid cases walking through the door is at a low of 154.
“Congratulations to the people of New York, see what you did. Watch the progress. The death toll is as low as we’ve seen it. ‘
Cuomo confirmed that Western NY is entering phase two of reopening on Tuesday; the Capital Region will enter phase two on Wednesday.
Cuomo spent most of his briefing discussing protests in the state over the death of George Floyd during his Minneapolis arrest on Memorial Day.
Hospital admissions across the state have been dropping for weeks, and the daily death toll has risen from nearly 800 in early April to 54 on Sunday.
According to state figures, more than 24,000 people in New York have died of coron virus since the outbreak began. There are more than 371,000 confirmed cases.
In New York City, the epicenter of the outbreak, the confirmed death toll is over 16,000 people with more than 4,700 probable deaths.
Monday at 11 p.m. curfew – the first in decades in the city – couldn’t prevent destruction when groups of people raided the store, including Macy’s flagship store in Manhattan.
Police said nearly 700 people were arrested and several agents were injured Monday evening and early Tuesday during the chaos.
Areas of the state outside of NYC have already begun gradual economic activity.
Western New York, including Buffalo, was able to reopen hair salons, stores and offices on Tuesday under strict guidelines.
Albany and the surrounding region could follow Buffalo to “ phase two, ” Wednesday, Cuomo said.
The areas in Albany and Buffalo are currently in the initial stages of reopening, allowing manufacturers to bring back workers and allow retailers to work with sidewalk accounts only.
A man was seen walking out of Paul & Shark while holding piles of clothes. Broken glass covered the floor after the window was destroyed
Looters looted Manhattan’s designer stores overnight when New York City’s curfew at 11 p.m. failed to stop people from smashing windows and running away with hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise. Pictured: Looters raid a Balenciaga store in Manhattan last night
The flagship department store Macy was also targeted despite being boarded up. Picture: the shop is adjacent
On Monday, Cuomo announced the lowest percentage of positive test results since the pandemic began.
Governor Cuomo said on Monday, “Remember where we were. In one day, 800 people died – we had the worst situation in the United States of America. At one point we had the worst situation in the world, but we will open again in 50 days.
The entire closing period was about 93 days – albeit a disruptive 93 days. But look what we did in 93 days. We went from the worst situation in the world to actual reopening.
“That’s where we are. We must be very proud of what we have done. ‘
If the statistics are accurate, restaurants in NYC will allow dinner services again on July 6. The final stage is to return entertainment and recreation companies such as gyms and movie theaters.
That would start on July 20 if the government imposed a two-week break between each two-week phase, which is the model that has followed so far.