Coronavirus deaths down in NY, but Cuomo urges vigilance

Published: Apr. 20, 2020 at 9:53 AM EDT
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New York’s daily toll of coronavirus deaths is continuing to drop. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says 478 more people died in New York Sunday, the first time the one-day toll was below 500 since April 2.

Cuomo Monday also said hospitalizations and other medical indicators are trending downward and that the real question now is how gradual the decrease in infection will be.

"The number is coming down but how fast does the number come down, and how fast does the number come down to where it becomes a low enough number that we have some confidence that we have a margin of error," Cuomo said.

He again cautioned that the numbers could quickly go up again. He urged New Yorkers to continue following social distancing policies and not be lured into group gatherings as the weather warms up.

State data shows 14,347 New Yorkers have died, but that doesn’t include more than 4,000 New York City deaths that were blamed on the virus on death certificates but weren’t confirmed by a lab test.

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