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Cuomo Announces Phased Plan to Reopen New York; Deaths Drop

  • Construction and manufacturing would be first to reopen
  • New fatalities dropped to 367, the lowest since March 31
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Watch: Cuomo sketches out a phased-in reopening of New York that begins with construction and manufacturing.(Source: APTN/Bloomberg)
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New York’s coronavirus deaths dropped to 367 Sunday, the lowest in almost a month, as Governor Andrew Cuomo sketched out a phased-in reopening that begins with construction and manufacturing. That could start as soon as May 15, he said, probably upstate before the New York City area.

The governor’s briefing -- filled with technicalities and conditions for restarting the state -- was a sharp contrast to the depths of the virus outbreak in New York. On April 9, a record 799 people died. Total fatalities are now 16,966, even as new hospitalizations and intensive care cases continue to fall.

“There is no doubt that, at this point, we’ve gone through the worst,” he told reporters in Albany. “And as long as we act prudently going forward, the worst should be over.”