New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has doubled down on his office's handling of elderly COVID-19 patients.
Cuomo confirmed 1,589 additional coronavirus cases in NY state on Sunday, bringing the statewide total to 361,515.
The latest tally from Cuomo came as the nation's death toll from the coronavirus was approaching 100,000 on the eve of Memorial Day.
For me, it's a sign that we're making real progress.
NY death totals peaked on April 7, when 799 people died.
"Starting today all the NY professional sports teams will be able to begin training camps", Cuomo said.
The latest COVID-19 numbers in NY show the lowest levels of death since March, and other metrics indicating the state is making headway as it battles the world's highest levels of infection. This is a far cry from the depressing numbers that emerged from NY in April, when the state was seeing 800-900 fatalities daily.
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At Cuomo's news briefing Saturday, aide Melissa DeRosa answered an AP reporter's question about the internal survey by saying, "I don't think there's any information that we have that we haven't released at this point". New York City's beaches remained closed.
There were 1,589 new COVID cases, bringing the statewide total to 361,515.
The Hudson Valley region is still on track to enter phase one of reopening on Tuesday, May 26, and Long Island is still on track to reopen on Wednesday May 27 if deaths continue to decline, Cuomo said.
Cuomo has been urging professional leagues, most of which have their headquarters in his state, to explore ways to start playing again, Spector adds. On Saturday, the governor said he was following orders from the Trump administration when he put over 4,500 senior coronavirus patients in nursing homes. Moreover, the death rate has also not climbed over 6.7 per cent since May 10.