New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that the coronavirus outbreak could “stabilize” within weeks if the state maintains strict social distancing policies, even as he announced the highest daily death count yet and said life for New Yorkers will never be the same.
“I don’t think we return to normal. I don’t think we return to yesterday,” Cuomo said at a news conference in Albany. “I think if we’re smart, we achieve a new normal.”
The governor offered a glimmer of hope that the state’s stringent policies — closing nonessential businesses and requiring residents to stay home — are helping to slow down the spread of the virus.
Those social distancing measures are working, he said: “It is flattening the curve.”
If those rules are maintained, he said, there’s reason to believe the health “system should stabilize over these next couple of weeks.”
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