NEW YORK (AP) - New York state reported a record number of coronavirus deaths for a third consecutive day with 799, raising the total above 7,000.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday that despite the worsening death toll, New York City hospitals have so far stood up under the strain, and the numbers seem to indicate the curve is flattening.
“We should all be concerned, especially New Yorkers. ‘Well we’re flattening the curve, that’s good news.’ It is good news. ‘Well now I can relax.’ No, you can’t relax,” Cuomo said, urging people to stay the course even as the number of cases and hospitalizations may decrease. He said that even if things seem to be improving, a second wave could still be on the horizon.
The 1918 Spanish flu hit in 3 waves.
We are only in the first wave.
We can’t assume that because we are seeing some positive signs this will be over soon or that additional waves won’t hit.
NYS will not underestimate this enemy.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 9, 2020
State health officials now say they support people wearing cloth face coverings when they go out in public, especially in areas of “significant community transmission.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city needs continued social distancing plus more testing capacity to reach a point where the loosening of restrictions could be considered.