NY to test for antibodies, governor mandates face covering

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"These encouraging developments have put us in a very strong position to finalize guidelines for states on reopening the country", Trump said.

NEW YORK, April 16 ― Hospitalisations of people with the novel coronavirus fell for a second day in New York which will send ventilators to MI and Maryland, further signs that the hardest-hit USA state is gaining some control over the outbreak, Governor Andrew Cuomo said yesterday.

Throughout the coronavirus outbreak, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has insisted that the crisis requires him to be above politics and partisanship.

While officials are working on a plan to reopen the state from its near-total lockdown, Cuomo said he believes the current situation won't end until a vaccine is developed.

Currently, all of the 50 American States have been notified as major disaster declaration along with a national emergency as America fights out the deadly coronavirus.

The change was meant to help people like Cindy Coughlin, who told The Associated Press she's struggled to get information about whether there is a COVID-19 outbreak at the nursing home in Johnson City where her 83-year-old father in-law resides.

More than 30,000 people have died in the United States from the epidemic.

Speaking at a briefing to reporters, Cuomo said that new cases had leveled off at a "manageable" 2,000 a day.

"The governors will be very, very respectful of the presidency".

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Cuomo said the state could consider lifting restrictions first for businesses that pose a lesser risk of infection and are considered more "essential". The state has seen a total of more than 27,000 cases. "How can you not wear a mask when you're going to come close to a person?"

The best tool, he said, is large scale testing.

Mr. Cuomo and six other governors from DE to MA announced Monday that they are crafting their own joint plan on how and when to reopen schools and businesses in their states.

"Sometimes we think we've rounded the bend in a permanent way, but it's uneven", Lamont said.

Illinois Governor J B Pritzker appreciated the announcement by Trump for leaving the decision on States as to when to reopen the economy.

New York, the most populous US city, revised its official COVID-19 death toll sharply higher to more than 10,000 on Tuesday to include people presumed to have perished from the virus who were never tested.

"We're going to work with the governors. The worst thing we can do in all of this is start with political division and start with partisanship", Cuomo said. "You don't have the right to infect me". Still, experts say that efforts to contain the virus seem to be having a positive effect, crediting social distancing measures for helping to slow the disease's spread.

President Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House on Wednesday.

"I don't want to wear a mask, and I'm not going to wear a mask", insisted local resident Darryl Pettiford.

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