Cuomo Sides With Trump, Agrees on Loosening Restrictions
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On Tuesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appeared to agree with President Donald Trump when he said that restrictions on companies should be loosened to help the economic recovery from the coronavirus.
During the White House press briefing on Monday, President Donald Trump made a similar statement.
“What I’m saying, basically, is that we can do two things simultaneously,” President Trump said, adding “we’ve had this incredible learning period” about the virus that might allow the federal government to review the requirements for social distancing.
During his own press conference on Tuesday, Cuomo made a similar argument.
“Don’t make us choose between the two,” Cuomo said. “We can do both and we must do both.”
“You can have an economic start-up strategy that is consistent with a public health strategy,” Cuomo said.
The governor went on to say that sending the people back to work was essential, especially for those who had the virus and recovered from it.
“I believe once we get that test, you’re going to find hundreds of thousands of people who have had the coronavirus and resolved,” Cuomo said.
“Let the younger people go back to work, let the recovered people go back to work,” he added. “Ramp up the economy with those individuals.”
Cuomo went on to say that recommendations about the virus could be refined now that we are learning more and more about the virus.
“So you’re refining your public health strategy and at the same time you’re restarting your economy,” Cuomo said. “Those two can be consistent if done intelligently.”
Despite these comments, the coronavirus is spreading very quickly in New York.
Check out what CBS News said:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the rate of increase of coronavirus cases in New York has grown, and the rate of new infections is doubling every three days.
“That is a dramatic increase in the rate of infection,” Cuomo said. “We’re not slowing it, and it is accelerating it on its own.”
Cuomo says new projections suggest New York will now need up to 140,000 hospital beds, and has a current capacity of roughly 53,000 beds.
There will be a need for 40,000 ICU beds with ventilators, well more than the state’s current capacity of approximately 3,000-4,000.
The peak of the pandemic in New York is now 14-21 days away, Cuomo said.
“One of the forecasters said to me we were looking at a freight train coming across the country. We are now looking at a bullet train,” he said.
“We need, at a minimum, an additional 30,000 ventilators. You can not buy them. You can not find them,” he said. “We’re going so far as to try an experimental procedure where we split the ventilator. We use one ventilator for two patients.”
Cuomo again called on the federal government to provide additional ventilators by invoking the Defense Production Act and mandating companies produce them immediately.
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