COVID19: We ‘could have saved lives’ with earlier action, says American official, as NY deaths toll tops 10,000
- April 14, 2020
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THE fight against the global pandemic rages as the death toll in New York State has reached 10,056, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday.
It followed a one-day increase of 671, a decline off previous peaks and a sign that containment efforts were working
“I think you can say the worst is over,” Cuomo said, referring to the death toll. “We have control of the spread.”
Cuomo said the situation is gradually slowing down including the death rates, the numbers of infections are now on a plateau.
New York is America’s worse hit state since the emergence of the respiratory disease.
The governor stressed the control over the spread was contingent on continued social distancing but the state could now begin to plot a path back to normalcy.
He, however, cautioned that this would take time and only come in stages.
Cuomo said he was working with the governors of neighbouring states to coordinate a plan for reopening businesses and schools, in order to best ensure containment.
He described reopening as a “delicate balance,” that will require intensive testing and monitoring to ensure there is not a resurgent outbreak.
However, Dr. Anthony Fauci an American top health official said the U.S. “could have saved lives” if it had introduced measures to stop Covid-19 earlier.
He said in a chat with CNN “If we had, right from the beginning, shut everything down, it may have been a little bit different,” but added that making that decision had been complicated.