Andrew Cuomo gives coronavirus update in New York – watch live stream today

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gave an update Saturday on the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. He said the infection rate in New York had decreased, but that it could increase again if the state’s economy reopened too fast. 

“Everybody wants to reopen,” Cuomo said. “The tension on reopening is: How fast can you reopen and what can you reopen without raising that infection rate?”

Cuomo said more testing was necessary, as it would help trace other cases and isolate the other people infected. 

However, tracing requires thousands of personnel.

“The trick with testing is not that we don’t know how to do it … it’s bringing this up to scale,” Cuomo said. 

He said that states need “basic partnership” with the federal government, and that the federal government needs to coordinate the supply chain for testing equipment. 

He also called for Congress to pass federal funding to support state governments.

“On every level, this is a terrible experience,” Cuomo said. 

He reiterated that “there is no time for politics.” However, on Friday, Cuomo and President Trump sparred over the response to the crisis

“An overwhelming number every day”

The governor said Saturday that 2,000 patients were admitted to hospitals on Friday.

“Happy days are not here again,” Cuomo said. “That is still an overwhelming number every day.”

While the number of new hospitalizations have decreased, Cuomo said it was around the same level at the end of March.

“We’re not at a plateau anymore, but we’re not at a good position,” Cuomo said. 

He announced that 540 people died of the virus on Friday.

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