The state of New York, the world epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic with 27,564 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, has added this Thursday to a fifth region of a total of ten, that of Central New York, to begin its economic reopening gradually while the number of deaths at the state level continues to decline, with 157 deaths accounted for on Tuesday.
In the daily conference of the New York governor, Andrew Cuomo, he stressed that it is the third consecutive day that the number drops to 200 and pointed out that the number of hospitalizations remains stable, with a slight rebound in four cases, and that intubations had dropped. .
With respect to the regions that have begun their reopens (Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country and Southern Tier), the governor said that the greatest responsibilities will now fall on local administrations.
He asked these Cuomo to monitor the numbers day by day and react immediately if they start to be negative so that the return to normality is safe, and he asked businesses and citizens of those areas to comply with the sanitary recommendations to avoid a regrowth.
“We are at levels similar to those of the beginning of the pandemic,” said Cuomo, who also said that he had spoken with the president of the United States, Donald Trump, to address the problems of state financing and ask him to accelerate certain payments that depend on the federal government. .
In this sense, the state president announced that the federal government would sign a $ 3.9 billion item that would be used to support the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), which, among other resources, manages the metro network from New York City.
Likewise, the governor asked the United States Congress to speed up the approval of a tax relief law for all states that includes funds for state and local governments, for the performance of tests, as well as for essential services such as schools, hospitals, police and firefighters.
In this sense, he warned that if Congress failed to provide these resources, the states would be forced to cut back on these priority services at a time when “nobody wants to do that.”
“Washington must act intelligently and quickly. New York state has a $ 61 billion hole,” said Cuomo, adding that his position is not partisan but is shared by the National Association of Governors, where they are represented Democrats and Republicans, and urged to pass a relief bill of at least $ 500 billion.
CRITICISM OF “WITHOUT SCRUPUL” RESCUES
Likewise, Cuomo asked to “learn” from what happened after the 2008 financial crisis and called not to make “unscrupulous bailouts” to certain companies, which in his opinion should be asked for certain requirements, such as hiring the same number of employees that they had before the pandemic, and watch that some companies do not use the pandemic to do a restructuring.
“Any company that receives public money should hire the same employees. They should not expect citizens to subsidize their company,” insisted Andrew Cuomo.
THREE MILLION DOLLARS FOR COMPANIES MANUFACTURING SANITARY EQUIPMENT
For the Democratic politician, one of the lessons to be learned from the pandemic is not to face such a situation again without basic materials for health personnel or with a strong dependence on China to obtain masks because it is, according to his opinion , from a question of national security.
“As a nation we cannot see ourselves in the same situation again,” he said, referring to the complexity of the international market to acquire protection material against the virus.
“I want to make sure that New York is going to lead the initiative to manufacture emergency medical equipment,” said Cuomo, who proposed $ 3 million in aid to those businesses that manufacture such medical equipment in the state and called for organizing through public-private collaboration for companies to achieve this.
According to the governor, manufacturing masks or gowns “is not the most technologically complicated thing” and indicated that the problem is usually the amount that is needed.
INCREASE OF CHILDREN WITH RARE DISEASE
The number of children hospitalized for a rare COVID-19-related condition that affects people between the ages of 1 and 21 and whose symptoms are similar to those of Kawasaki disease or “toxic shock” increased from 102 to 110.
Cuomo encouraged parents to report symptoms, which include fever, severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, red eyes, or rashes, among the most frequent.