Authorities in New York and six other States will coordinate efforts to restore normal life in the region.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is “over.” He and the governors of New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Delaware are developing a plan to restart economic activity in the region, open schools, and other important elements of life.
Cuomo said Monday that he believes the worst phase of the coronavirus epidemic may have passed.
“I think the worst is over if we continue to be smart,” Cuomo said at a daily briefing. “I think we can start on the path to a normal life.”
At the same time, the Governor warned that if people do not continue to follow the established restrictions, the situation will worsen.
“The worst may be over, and it’s over if we don’t do anything reckless,” he said,” and you can turn those numbers around in two or three days of reckless behavior.”
The Governor noted that although the epidemic has reached its peak, there will be several difficult weeks ahead. He reminded me how many people die from the virus.
Although more than 5,000 people have died due to the virus, and almost 19,000 remain in hospitals, Cuomo noted that most of the main indicators of the severity of the epidemic are leveled or reduced.
Cuomo said health and economic officials from six States will immediately begin developing strategies to ease restrictions that have virtually stopped much of everyday life.
Cuomo’s office later announced that Massachusetts would join the coalition. Of the seven state governors, only one is a Republican.
Cuomo said that officials involved in this work will ” study data, research results, the experience of other countries and issue recommendations and parameters for further action.”
“Let’s be smart, cooperate and learn from each other,” the new York Governor said.
Seven states account for more than 325,000 confirmed cases, more than half of the total number infected in the United States, and nearly 14,400 deaths, about 63 percent of the total in the country.
During the teleconference, the governors stressed the importance of consistency, so that the actions of one state do not cause accidental damage to another and do not lead to a new outbreak of the epidemic.