New York governor says ‘worst is over’ as growth in coronavirus deaths declines


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday said “the worst is over” for the state hit hardest by the novel coronavirus, as hospitalizations appeared to be reaching a plateau and deaths increased by 671, the lowest daily total in a week.

Cuomo, who has been working closely with the governors of New Jersey and Connecticut in response to the pandemic, also indicated that he would announce a coordinated regional plan on reopening businesses and schools later on Monday.

Cuomo told a briefing that an additional 671 New York residents died on Sunday, down from 758 a day earlier and the lowest daily total since April 5. He also pointed to the apparent plateauing of hospitalizations as a positive sign.