A New York City doctor fighting on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic has publicly called into question Gov Andrew Cuomo's assessment that the rate of deaths caused by the illness is dropping, arguing that it runs counter to what he's been seeing at the hospitals.
The outbreak in New York City's jail system is one of the worst at correctional facilities throughout the U.S., just as New York state leads the country in both total Covid-19 cases and deaths since the virus reached the US.
NY reported 4,758 coronavirus-related deaths as of Monday, an increase of 599 from Sunday, compared with an increase of 594 during the previous 24 hours.
Sunday also marked a decrease in the number of new coronavirus deaths in NY - 594 on Sunday compared to 630 the previous day.
During his daily coronavirus briefing on Sunday, Cuomo noted that the statewide daily death toll slid from to 594 from 630, leading him to suggest that the crisis may have reached its peak.
Despite hopeful numbers Mr Cuomo said that New York's health system remained under severe strain. Cuomo was encouraged by the numbers, but cautioned that it was too early to tell whether NY was on the downside of the curve or not.
Cuomo said social distancing is working.
The US national capital area confirmed more than 8,000 coronavirus (COVID-19) cases while 179 people lost their lives, local authorities said.
The U.S. leads all countries worldwide for the number of infections with Johns Hopkins data counting 378,200 confirmed cases.
Responding to questions on Tuesday, an aide to the governor said the state was "continuing to evaluate" the situation in New York's jails in relation to the virus.
599 people in NY died on Sunday from coronavirus.
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"None of us has the right to be reckless in our own behavior", Cuomo said, noting that while the disease could be mild for some, the risk it puts on others could be life-threatening.
He said data from the coming days will be needed to confirm whether this is a real turn in the progression of the COVID-19 outbreak in the Empire State or if it's just an aberration.
"So a lot of pain again today for many New Yorkers", said the governor. Over the past several days, in fact, the number of deaths in NY appeared to be leveling off.
"It's going to be the peak hospitalization, peak ICU week and unfortunately, peak death week", Admiral Brett Giroir, a physician and member of the White House coronavirus task force, told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Monday. De Blasio said that to adequately treat the number of new patients being intubated every day, approximately 200-300 across the city, NY must secure a total of 1,000-1,500 ventilators.
Globally, more than 60,000 people have died and more than 1.1 million have been infected, Johns Hopkins University in the USA says. But there were still almost 600 new fatalities and more than 7,300 new cases in the state.
"If I can't get you to show the discipline (to socially distance) for yourself, then do it for everyone else", Cuomo said.
"This is an enemy that we have underestimated from day one and we have paid the price dearly", Cuomo said.
The novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, has spread to over 184 countries and regions since it first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December.
Governor John Bel Edwards urged residents to respect his stay-at-home order, asking them to "do a better job".
"Because this is a big deal, and it's going to make a significant difference for us", said the governor.