The state is the most affected in the United States, the nation that leads the number of infections and deaths globally. Despite the serious situation, the restrictive measures have managed to “flatten” the curve of cases and deaths. The New York governor assured that “the worst is over” and is preparing an eventual reopening of activities.
New York exceeded the barrier of 10,000 deaths from Covid-19 on April 13. The state is the worst hit by the pandemic in the United States and is home to a third of the country’s infections and half of the deaths recorded.
The escalation of the coronavirus in this region was relentless. On March 1, the first case was known and, currently, it has more than 190,000 confirmed infections, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.
While the first death occurred on March 14 and, a month later, the count is 10,056 deaths, which places the state with a death count only surpassed by Italy, Spain, France and the United Kingdom worldwide.
Within the state, the city of New York registers the highest numbers: 75% of the cases registered in the territory were detected in the metropolis, which also has two-thirds of the more than 10,000 deaths.
In this regard, the disease has brought to light the inequalities of the city: according to official data, more than half of the deceased correspond to Hispanic and African-American communities, these being the most vulnerable sectors.
The devastating passage of Covid-19 also altered -as it happened in much of the world- the speeches of the rulers: while at the beginning of March, the mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, encouraged New Yorkers to “continue with their lives ”, towards the middle of the same month he began to demand and apply more drastic measures.
At the state level, since March 22, total confinement has been in force, which has caused the closure of all non-essential businesses, as well as the restriction of circulation except for basic needs, the application of social distancing measures and the recommendation of the use of masks on public roads.
According to the governor, “the worst is over” in New York if the measures continue to be respected
Despite the high numbers in New York, authorities have reason to find some relief. According to the count of the last 24 hours, the new deaths were 671, the first time in a week that the daily figure was less than 700.
This constancy implies that the state is beginning to “flatten the curve”, the aspiration of most of the efforts of the health crisis. Almost achieving damage control and then looking for the numbers to go down.
We need to stay the course.
We have flattened the curve by our actions.
New Yorkers rose to the challenge to protect one another.
We are #NewYorkTough.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 13, 2020
Governor Andrew Cuomo stressed that “we can control the spread, feel good about it,” but noted that the death rate was “basically flat at a horrible level of pain, grief and sadness.”
In addition, the regional president stressed that there were 1,958 new hospitalizations in the last 24 hours, the lowest figure since March 29, while 83 people were admitted to intensive care, keeping daily income below one hundred for the fourth consecutive day .
This led Cuomo to claim that “the worst is over”, but only “if we continue to move forward wisely.” “You can turn those numbers into two or three days of reckless behavior,” he warned.
Governors study the reopening of activities and conflict with Trump erupts
In his briefing on Monday, Andrew Cuomo admitted that in the next few hours they could unveil a coordinated plan with other governors for the reopening of activities.
The president clarified that the measure involves “a delicate balance and no one has done it before” and would consist of “recalibrating” businesses and activities considered essential.
The plan would involve the governors of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Delaware.
Faced with this possibility, President Donald Trump went out to the governors’ crossroads and pointed out that “it is the president’s decision and for many good reasons” an eventual reopening, while saying that he is working closely with state leaders.
“A decision of mine, in conjunction with the governors and the contribution of others, will be made shortly!” He expressed via Twitter.
….It is the decision of the President, and for many good reasons. With that being said, the Administration and I are working closely with the Governors, and this will continue. A decision by me, in conjunction with the Governors and input from others, will be made shortly!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 13, 2020
Beyond Trump’s message, legal experts assure that the US Constitution provides limited power to the president to influence these decisions of the states and the governors have the power to carry out these measures without resorting to the national Executive.
From New York City, they ask for generalized tests before thinking about a reopening
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio warned that three indicators must show a sustained decline before considering the Covid-19 outbreak controlled: the number of people hospitalized daily, the number of patients in intensive care and the percentage of positive tests for the virus.
Beyond this, the local ruler stressed that “all the indicators are moving in the right direction, together downward.” But he stressed the need for widespread testing before considering an economic reopening.
“The president of the United States or anyone else wants a recovery, and we all want it, right? But if you take it seriously, you can’t do it without widespread testing, “De Blasio stressed.
In this sense, the health commissioner of the metropolis, Oxiris Barbot, recognized a “tightening” in the supply chain of the swabs necessary for coronavirus tests and said that it is a “national and international challenge” to increase the number of tests .
“As the supply of swabs continues to decline, there is a real possibility that hospitals will be completely depleted,” the New York health department alerted on April 11.
As of Sunday afternoon, about 462,000 people in New York state had been tested for the virus. Due to rationing of tests, only 44% have been carried out in New York City, despite being the main source of contagion in the region. This has also prevented greater controls on staff at hospitals and nursing homes for the elderly, who could infect each other and other patients.
With Reuters, AP and EFE