New York Reports First Decline in Daily Coronavirus Deaths

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New York State reported 594 new coronavirus deaths on Sunday, fewer than the 630 it reported on Saturday, Governor Andrew Cuomo said at his daily news briefing. The state has had 4,159 fatalities so far.

As President Donald Trump and other leaders warned of rising death tolls, Cuomo said it was too early to say if the outbreak had reached a peak in New York — the center of the nation’s outbreak.

“You could argue that you are seeing a plateauing,” he told reporters in Albany. “Next week they will tell you whether we are on a plateau or is it just a blip,” he said, referring to statisticians.

He noted that deaths had leveled off for three days after dramatic rises. The toll on Friday was 562.

New hospitalizations dropped to 574 on Sunday from 1,095, Cuomo said. He said 74% of those hospitalized have been discharged.

Despite the more hopeful statistics, Cuomo said that New York’s health system remained under severe strain, with some hospitals “down to two or three ventilators.”

He said New Yorkers must continue to stay home and practice social distancing, especially the elderly and those with underlying health issues, groups that have died in the greatest numbers.

“It’s an effective killer,” he said. “People who are very vulnerable must stay isolated and protected.”

The state has a total of about 122,000 positive cases. New York City has 67,551 cases, up 4,245 in a day.

— With assistance by Naomi Nix

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