Gov. Cuomo: The Number of Coronavirus Deaths Is ‘Already Staggering’

Gov. Cuomo: The Number of Coronavirus Deaths Is ‘Already Staggering’


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Janet Ybarra
Former Washington Journalist
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While Donald Trump contemplates ultimate US fatalities in the range of 100,000 to 200,000 from the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 pandemic, the loss of life from the virus in New York is “already staggering,” according to Gov Andrew Cuomo (D).

There have been more than 800,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide. The virus has killed more than 39,000.

In the United States, there have been 175,669 reported cases of the illness, and 3,424 deaths, according to the most recent figures. The US death toll from the pandemic has reached the grim milestone that more Americans now have perished from the virus than in the entire September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Trump this week revealed that he believes that as many as 100,000 to 200,000 American lives could be lost due to the pandemic, but even still he would be doing a good job as president.

“The White House estimates 100,000 to 200,000 as a death toll. We don’t have projections in this state as to numbers of deaths. We’re studying models, which, by the way, are done by very professional companies. I don’t come up with these numbers. We have Cornell Weill working on it, McKinsey working on it, the Bill Gates Foundation has an institute that does projections. We’re studying the projections to see how we best deploy to make sure we’re ready for the next battle, make sure we’re ready for the apex. Is it 100,000? Is it 200,000? Look, whatever the number is, it’s going to be staggering. The number is already staggering,” Cuomo said. “Human life is a human life. We have lost over 1,000 New Yorkers. To me we are beyond staggering already. We have reached staggering. And the only — only point now is do everything you can to save every life possible. That’s what this is all about.”

The epicenter of the outbreak has been centered on New York, which has left hospitals and medical assistance in the state at a breaking point, and needing relief, Cuomo added.

“We need relief. We need relief for nurses who are working 12-hour shifts, one after the other after the other. We need relief for doctors. We need relief for attendants. So if you’re not busy, come help us, please,” the governor beseeched. “And we will return the favor. We will return the favor. New York, yes, we have it now intensely, there will be a curve. New York at one point will be on the other side of the curve, and then there will be an intense issue somewhere else in the nation.

“And the New York way is to be helpful. So help New York, we are the ones hit now. That’s today, but tomorrow it will be somewhere else, whether it’s Detroit, whether it’s New Orleans, it will work its way across the country,” Cuomo said. “This is the time for us to help one another. We need supplies desperately, and we’re working on that.”

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