NY Daily News
It’s an Easter tragedy.
Gov. Cuomo grimly reported Monday that the coronavirus killed another 671 New Yorkers over the high holiday, bringing the state’s total death toll above 10,000 even as the pandemic scourge appeared to run out of steam on some fronts.
In his daily briefing from Albany, Cuomo said New York’s death count crossing the five-digit threshold on Easter Sunday hit him hard on a personal level.
“I’m Catholic. Easter Sunday is the high holiday ... To have this happen over this weekend is really, really especially tragic,” Cuomo said. "They are all in our thoughts and prayers.”
Still, Cuomo had a glimmer of good news.
Even though 10,056 New Yorkers have now died from the virus, Cuomo said the daily death count has been “basically flat” for nearly a week.
Though the flattening is occurring at “a horrific level,” the governor said the number of daily hospitalizations is also remaining stagnant around 2,000.
“I think you can say the worst is over, because the worst here is people are dying," he said. "We have controlled the spread.”
About 19,000 people remain hospitalized statewide, according to officials.
As of the latest count, New York has 195,031 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
New York City continues to bear the brunt of the virus, accounting for more than half of all deaths in the state.
Cuomo suggested his next order of business will be to carefully devise a plan for New York to get back on its feet.
The governor said such efforts would likely include expanding definitions for “essential” jobs, which would allow more New Yorkers to return to work.
Cuomo said he would coordinate any such announcements with the governors of New Jersey and Connecticut, adding he learned from Hurricane Sandy in 2012 that “geographically coordinated” action plans are necessary during crises.
“This is a time for smart, competent, effective government,” Cuomo said.
This is the time he says. The social media and corporate news lionized "president" says this. Is. The. Time. Not in February or March when the outbreak was spreading. Now. Without a hint of irony.
As opposed to the permanent government that prioritizes and benefits the donor class that he allowed to continue and which he's been running for the past decade.
What a fucking imbecile.