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‘The Worst is Over’ for New York Even as Death Toll Passes 10,000, Cuomo Says

Gov. Andrew Cuomo at his April 13 coronavirus briefing in Albany (Governor’s Office)

April 13, 2020 By Allie Griffin

Governor Andrew Cuomo said New York has passed the worst of the coronavirus pandemic — even as the state’s death toll passed 10,000.

Hospitalizations, intubations and even the daily number of deaths have decreased and are beginning to level out, Cuomo said at his daily press briefing.

“Those numbers say we can control the spread, feel good about that,” he said. “The worst is over.”

Yesterday, 671 people died from the virus across the state, Cuomo said — the lowest number in about a week. Last Wednesday, the death toll peaked at 799, but it has continued to decrease since. In total, 10,056 people have died from coronavirus across the state.

Cuomo said the numbers of deaths each day “is basically flat and basically flat at a horrific level of pain and grief and sorrow.”

Still, the governor urged New Yorkers to continue to stay home as much as possible and follow social distancing orders.

“I believe the worst is over if we continue to be smart and I believe we can now start on the path to normalcy.”

However, he said the pandemic will only fully end when a vaccine is developed and that will take 12 to 18 months to develop.

“That’s when it’s over, that’s really when it’s over,” he said.

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