Cuomo says downward trend in cases promising

Published: May. 8, 2020 at 10:41 AM EDT
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A note of optimism from New York's governor Friday that the Empire State is now getting ahead of the coronavirus.

New York has been the state hardest hit by COVID-19, seeing hundreds of deaths per day weeks before other states reported outbreaks. But all of the metrics the governor presents each day continue to trend downward.

"Now, for the first time, I feel that we're actually ahead of it. We have shown that we can control the beast. You look at those numbers coming down," Cuomo said. "We haven't killed the beast, but we're ahead of it."

Cuomo has laid out plans to restart the economy beginning at the end of next week, but he warned that if it's not done responsibly the rate of infection will go back up.

Cuomo also reported Friday that a 5-year-old boy died of an illness linked to the new coronavirus. He said there have been 73 reported cases in the state of children becoming severely ill with symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says police will start limiting access to three parks that illustrate bad social distancing.

Users of the parks on the Manhattan and Brooklyn waterfronts have been shamed after images appeared on social media.

They showed mostly young, white people without masks and closer together than guidelines recommend to curb contagion.

The mayor also said Thursday that a “test and trace corps” of 2,500 will be in place in the city by early June to identify people who have the virus, isolate them if needed and determine whom they’ve had contact with.