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Is This The Outbreak Peak? New York Sees Drop In Deaths

Mike Groll
Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor Andrew Cuomo at a coronavirus briefing Sunday.

New York is reporting more optimistic coronavirus numbers. But, health professionals warn against making assumptions from one day’s worth of data. The state is receiving conflicting models about how the virus will progress.




Governor Andrew Cuomo says the top minds in the world are giving him conflicting projections on whether today’s drop in deaths is a sign that the outbreak is at its peak, or whether this is a plateau.

“They will not give you a direct answer on anything. We don’t know,” he said.

Some models show a v-shaped curve, other show a plateau with a prolonged period of death and social isolation. Apart from the science, Cuomo says normalcy won’t come until faster tests are developed in mass.

“It’s under development now, the rapid testing, are we’re part of it, but that is going to be the answer. I believe.”

New York is testing about 18,000 people a day. So far less than 2% of the state’s population has been tested.


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Charles is senior reporter focusing on special projects. He has won numerous awards including an IRE award, three SPJ Public Service Awards, and a National Murrow. He was also a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists and Third Coast Director’s Choice Award.
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