New York sees hospitalisation numbers drop for first time since beginning of pandemic

In yet another sign New York may be at the peak of its crisis, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the number of people hospitalized in the city has finally fallen on Tuesday. Cuomo said that a total of 18,697 people were hospitalized across New York, down from 18,825 the day before.

Patients newly admitted to the hospital for COVID-19 came to about 1,600 on Monday,

This is down by more than 300 people compared to the day before.

“We think we are at the apex on the plateau,” Cuomo said.

However, he cautioned that the decline was statistically insignificant and warned against relaxing stay-at-home orders too quickly.

At a briefing on Monday, Trump had said he had total authority over when businesses and schools would reopen, a declaration that was immediately challenged by a number of governors on U.S. Constitutional grounds.

Speaking at a daily briefing, Mr Cuomo also said that President Donald Trump had inaccurately asserted the president had total authority over when states reopen schools and businesses.

However, he quickly added that he did not want, or have the time, to fight with Trump.

“The president is clearly spoiling for a fight on this issue,” said Cuomo.

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“The president will have no fight with me. I will not engage in it.”

“We could lose all the progress we made in one week,” he said.

Cuomo said an additional 778 New Yorkers died on Monday.

This is up from 671 a day earlier, which had marked the lowest daily death count since April 5.

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A total of 10,834 New York residents have died due to COVID-19, nearly half the total across the country.

On Monday, Cuomo said he was teaming up with neighboring states Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island to devise strategies for easing stay-at-home orders, an action that appeared to upset Trump.

Mr Cuomo reiterated that he believed rapid, mass testing would be critical to getting people back to work and called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency to take the lead in procuring tests.

He said he wanted to avoid repeating what had happened in the scramble to secure personal protective equipment, with states competing against one another and at times with the federal government, bidding up prices.

The news comes as Donald Trump announced the US will pause its funding to the World Health Organization over its coronavirus response.

The US President accused the WHO of not adequately helping prevent the threat of the coronavirus.

Speaking at a White House news conference today, Trump said the WHO had “failed in its basic duty and it must be held accountable”.

The US president said the WHO promoted China’s “disinformation” about the virus.

Trump said: “We have deep concerns over whether America’s generosity has been put to the best use possible.

“I am directing my administration to halt funding while a review is conducted to assess the World Health Organization’s role in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus.”

The president added: “Had the WHO done its job to get medical experts into China to objectively assess the situation on the ground and to call out China’s lack of transparency, the outbreak could have been contained at its source with very little death.

“This would have saved thousands of lives and avoided worldwide economic damage.”

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