While President Donald Trump has stepped up his defense of the reopening of the U.S. economy in the coming weeks, Cuomo said the rush to ease restrictions on travel, socialization and working together could cost lives.
“If you ask the American people to choose between public health and the economy, then there is no discussion. No American will say that the economy is accelerated at the cost of human lives,” said the governor at a convention center in Manhattan that is being transformed into a temporary hospital with a thousand beds.
The state governed by Cuomo, which has the most populous city in the United States, is hardest hit by the epidemic, which infected more than 50,000 people in the United States and killed at least 660. The death toll in New York from Covid- 19 caused by the virus reached 157 people.
The need for hospital beds expected in New York at the peak of the pandemic jumped to 140,000, said Cuomo, compared to 110,000 recently projected. Only 53,000 beds are currently available.
The rate of infections is now doubling every three days in New York and the worst point of the epidemic, known as the apex, could reach 14 to 21 days, putting enormous pressure on the healthcare system, said Cuomo.
A week after New Yorkers and millions of other Americans began to take shelter at home, state officials and financial investors on Tuesday warned against easing restrictions ahead of time, despite the devastating effect of isolation measures on the economy. North-American.