US city announces ‘exciting new phase’ of coronavirus recovery in major breakthrough

The New York Governor made the announcement on Monday at his daily press briefing. Mr Cuomo noted that the state has seen its latest counts of virus infections and deaths drop to their lowest levels since March, when the outbreak began.

He said: “A new chapter starts today.

“This is the next big step of this historic journey.

“We’re on the other side of the mountain.

“It’s an exciting new phase we’re all anxious to get back to work.”

On May 10, New York saw 1,745 new cases of COVID-19, and 191 deaths.

The “Pause” declaration, which closed all non-essential businesses, will expire on Friday, being replaced by a system in which officials in 10 New York regions will make reopening decisions based on health criteria.

Several of New York’s upstate regions, including the Finger Lakes region around Rochester, will partly reopen this weekend.

The relaxation will allow for limited amounts of manufacturing, construction and curb-side retail, as well as recreational outdoor activities and low-risk business like landscaping, gardening and drive-in movie theatres will also be allowed.

But concerns remain about their statistics, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report Monday that New York City’s figures have likely been under reported.

Their report shows 5,293 other related deaths between March 11 and May 2 that were not identified as COVID-19-related deaths, but may have been attributable to the virus.

In the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the CDC blamed inadequate testing, possible false negatives and underlying chronic health conditions for 22 percent of the other deaths.

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The CDC report came hours after Mayor Bill de Blasio supported Gov. Cuomo’s belief that the city is recovering, saying key figures are still declining in the city.

The latest data from Friday showed that there were only 55 hospitalised cases of COVID-19 in the state, and intensive cate cases were down to 537.

De Blasio also announced a new initiative to supply 1,000 community clinics with PPE.

He also insisted that schools are on track to reopen by September, for the new academic year to start.

New York has been the epicentre of the US’ pandemic, with 347,151 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

It has seen the highest death toll in the country, with 27,003 losing their lives to the virus.

Nationally, there have been 1.3 million COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic and 79,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

In Seattle, a closely-watched model maintained by University of Washington slightly raised its prediction for the number of U.S. deaths to just over 137,000 by early August.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation said it raised last week’s forecast of 134,475 deaths as more states “continue to ease social distancing mandates” and new data is acquired on people’s movements.

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