The New York Post reports:
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced 540 more coronavirus deaths across New York in the past 24 hours — down 110 fatalities from a day earlier, and the lowest tally since April 1. But as other states push to reopen sooner rather than later, Cuomo said New York — the epicenter of COVID-19 — has no cause to celebrate.
“Happy days are not here again,” the governor said at his daily press briefing in Albany. “That is still an overwhelming number every day.”
At least 7,090 new cases were reported in the last day, for a statewide total of 236,732. There were 2,000 new hospitalizations on Friday, bringing that number to around the same level as in March, he said.
Hospitalization numbers are down.
Emergency rooms are less crowded.
Intubations are down.
That’s because of what we have ALL done to flatten the curve.
But it’s not over yet. We must keep doing what we’re doing.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 18, 2020