On Saturday, Governor Andrew Cuomo said that an antibody survey of more than 15,000 New Yorkers determined that coronavirus cases are mostly around the New York City area. "It even went up a little bit, 299 - 289 the day before, so that is bad news", he said. Cuomo said in re-opening the schools and colleges, the authorities have to ensure that social distancing measures are practised and that the public transportation system that ferries students to and from their homes is safe for use.
Cuomo's calls for nightly cleanings came following photos published in the Daily News highlighting unsanitary conditions in the city's subway system, exacerbated by persisting homelessness issues.
While the number of deaths has trended lower in recent days, New Jersey's toll, second only to New York's, stood at 7,742, which Murphy cited as a key reason for maintaining his stay-at-home order. New York, the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., has been seeing a decline in the number of daily hospitalisations, ICU admissions and fatalities. Of the residents tested who live in New York City, 19.9 percent were found to have antibodies.
In a typical flu season, influenza has a case fatality rate of around 0.1 percent.
In addition, buses and trains will be cleaned every 24 hours to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
There were other positive signals in the numbers Cuomo released on Saturday.
As of Saturday, the number of known infections nationwide had climbed to more than 1.1 million, including about 65,000 deaths, according to a Reuters tally.
Cuomo said that the state was going to begin collecting detailed information on people who are hospitalized for the disease, including age, gender, occupation and method of travel.
NY saw a peak in hospitalizations on April 12 with 18,825, a number that has been declining ever since.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo was hands on during a tour Saturday of the coronavirus subway auto cleaning operation at a MTA maintenance facility in Queens - taking a stab at blasting the bug himself with a spray of disinfectant.
"I told the MTA yesterday, I want a full plan of how do we disinfect every train every night".
As for the next school year, Cuomo said that question has yet to be addressed.
"We will buy as a consortium, PPE, medical equipments, ventilators, whatever we need to buy", Mr. Cuomo said, before turning to each of the other governors in turn.
The move is also meant to prevent homeless people from setting up camp inside subway cars, a growing problem in the city. "Yesterday was 831. We will watch to see what happens with that", Cuomo said.
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