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Gov. Cuomo: New York City's Death Toll Continuing to Climb

By    |   Friday, 10 April 2020 11:29 AM

New York City's coronavirus hospitalization rates have plunged to 200 per day, but the "terrible news" is that the death rate is going up, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.

"It's making it easier for the emergency rooms to deal with this because they're at overcapacity to begin with," Cuomo told ABC's "Good Morning America" anchor Michael Strahan. 

However, the death toll is going up, and Cuomo said he understands the "logic to that."

"These are people who came into the hospital a couple of weeks ago," he said. "They didn't recover, they were put on ventilators and once you're on a ventilator, the longer you're on a ventilator, the worse it gets."

Earlier this week, Cuomo called for more virus testing in minority communities, after reports showed the largest number of deaths were coming from the Hispanic and African-American communities. 

"We know that the poorer communities often pay the highest price for these types of emergency situations because they're really just bringing to light that systemic racism and discrimination in the system," Cuomo told Strahan. "Let's learn from this moment."

The governor also appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," where he argued that compliance to social distancing standards has worked, but he does not think the world will return "to normal."

"It is going to depend on what we do," he said.

In addition, testing must drastically increase, and Cuomo said he believes President Donald Trump should use the Defense Production Act to make that happen. 

"Is it going to take us months to come to scale on rapid testing?" he said. "That's the only way to start to get people back to work. You have to have millions and millions of tests frankly faster and better than we have done to date."

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New York City's coronavirus hospitalization rates have plunged to 200 per day, but the "terrible news" is that the death rate is going up, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.
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