Coronavirus: Cuomo allows 'non-essential’ gatherings of 10 people

Cheryl Sanders
May 24, 2020

Addressing a press conference on Saturday, Governor Andrew Cuomo said, "84 deaths is still a tragedy, but the fact its down as low as it is is still good news".

There are 3,094 confirmed nursing home COVID-19 deaths in NY, a lower number than in any of the surrounding states, officials say.

The highest daily total in the state during the pandemic was 799 on Tuesday, April 7.

Almost 30,000 deaths have been recorded in NY.

"And under 100 doesn't do any good for those 84 families that are feeling the pain".

"It doesn't do good for any of those 84 families that are feeling the pain", he added, "but for me it's just a sign we are making real progress" in what had been the hardest-hit U.S. state.

Eighty-four people died in NY from the coronavirus on Friday, down from 109 the previous day, CBS News reported.

The total death toll rose to 21,138.

It's expected to last for roughly two weeks, which the CDC believes is the incubation period for COVID-19, but could be shorter if the number of cases is stable.

As for areas of the state that still need to reopen, only three regions have yet to meet all seven benchmarks to begin.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, 28,853 people have died of the coronavirus in NY state since the pandemic began and has had more deaths than every state in the country.

Despite New York City not yet meeting the metrics for phase one of reopening, the new executive order applies to all regions of the state. "I refuse to politicize this discussion", he said.

"Get a test. We've made it as easy as possible, so go do it". "If we can get them trained over Memorial Day weekend we can open on Tuesday".

Showing photos of a sparse crowd at sunny Jones Beach, he said sun-worshipers mostly stayed safely apart from one another and many wore masks.

Mr Cuomo issued an unexpected order late on Friday to allow public assemblies of up to 10 people "for any lawful goal".

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