Cuomo: Daily coronavirus death toll in New York ‘has remained obnoxiously and terrifyingly high’

While recent headlines have suggested that the coronavirus outbreak is slowing in New York, the state’s governor warns the bad news isn’t over yet.

Speaking Saturday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said the daily death toll in the state from COVID-19 is still “obnoxiously and terrifyingly high,” the New York Post reported

According to U.S. News & World Report, the daily death toll from the disease in New York “has hovered around 300 in recent days.”

“That number has remained obnoxiously and terrifyingly high, and it’s still not dropping at the rate we would like to see it drop,” Cuomo said Saturday, according to U.S. News & World Report.

“Unacceptably high”

According to the New York Post, Cuomo also lamented Saturday the number of new COVID-19 infections the Empire State is seeing.

“We’re still getting about 900 new infections every day walking into the hospital,” he said, according to the Post. “That is still an unacceptably high rate.”

As of Sunday, New York has seen at least 318,134 total coronavirus infections and over 24,000 deaths from the disease, according to a tracker from The New York Times. And the death toll could even be higher; the New York Post reported:

That number does not include 5,200 additional New York City victims whose deaths are blamed on the virus, but whose infections were not confirmed by the state.

According to the Post, over 10,000 patients remain hospitalized with the disease “throughout the state, with 2,923 on ventilators in intensive care.”

“…And then came a plague”

Of course, there is still some reason to be encouraged: the numbers have been “leveling off” for weeks, as CBS News reported. But according to Cuomo, that doesn’t mean it’s time to open the flood gates.

“Use information to determine action — not emotions, not politics, not what people think or feel but what we know in terms of facts,” he suggested Saturday, according to the New York Post.

Nationwide, the U.S. has seen more than 1.1 million cases of the coronavirus, according to The New York Times, and over 66,000 deaths. Still, in a tweet recognizing “many lost souls, and the lost souls all over the [w]orld” on Sunday, President Donald Trump struck an optimistic tone.

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