Tuesday, 12 January 2021

'We cannot stay closed until the vaccine kicks in'! Cuomo concedes NY lockdown cannot continue even though it will cause an uptick in cases - as state hospitalizations rise to their highest level since MARCH

 Gov. Andrew Cuomo has finally changed his tune and announced Monday he’ll reopen New York's economy soon because the cost of businesses remaining closed is 'too high', even as COVID hospitalizations surpass what they were during the March shutdown.  

'We simply cannot stay closed until the vaccine hits critical mass,' Cuomo said Monday during his televised 'State of the State' address.

'The cost is too high. We will have nothing left to open. We must reopen the economy, but we must do it smartly and safely,' he added.

The Democrat said he’s planning the state’s 'economic resurgence' and will use COVID-19 testing to allow restaurants, art centers and theaters, which would include Broadway, to reopen, 

However, it’s not clear when these reopening plans will actually start.

Cuomo's new stance comes as New York has recorded more than 1.26million virus cases and more than 31,000 virus-related deaths since the start of the pandemic. 


On January 10 New York recorded a total of 8,645 hospitalizations, a number near the level of hospitalizations the state recorded back in late March, the same month Cuomo shut down the state due to the pandemic

On January 10 New York recorded a total of 8,645 hospitalizations, a number near the level of hospitalizations the state recorded back in late March, the same month Cuomo shut down the state due to the pandemic

Donald Trump Jr slammed Cuomo for his announcement to reopen the economy, sarcastically calling him a 'brilliant strategist,' adding 'it¿s incredible that no one thought of this months ago!'

Donald Trump Jr slammed Cuomo for his announcement to reopen the economy, sarcastically calling him a 'brilliant strategist,' adding 'it’s incredible that no one thought of this months ago!'

And the state isn't out of the woods yet. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has changed his tune and announced Monday he¿ll reopen the New York's economy soon

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has changed his tune and announced Monday he’ll reopen the New York's economy soon

On Monday a total of 8,645 COVID hospitalizations were reported in New York state. 

That's similar to the number of hospitalizations the state recorded back in the early days of the pandemic. On March 29, 2020, just two weeks after Cuomo declared a state of emergency and shut down the state, 8,503 hospitalizations were recorded. 

Also on Monday 13,714 new coronavirus infections were reported and the number of new infections has increased dramatically in December and January compared to earlier in the pandemic, a sobering sign that the virus is far from gone. 

The New Year has already seen 136,000 people in the state test positive since January and nearly 8,900 new COVID patients have entered hospitals, as per NBC New York

Donald Trump Jr slammed Cuomo for his announcement to reopen the economy, sarcastically calling him a 'brilliant strategist,' adding 'it’s incredible that no one thought of this months ago!'

Don Jr and President Trump have attacked Cuomo for months for keeping New York locked down in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

These graphs by the COVID Tracking Project show how new COVID cases in New York first peaked in May then went down over the summer, only to surge again starting in November

These graphs by the COVID Tracking Project show how new COVID cases in New York first peaked in May then went down over the summer, only to surge again starting in November

Current hospitalizations in New York are more than they were back in March when Cuomo initiated the shutdown, but he now says the state needs to reopen to save the economy. These COVID Tracking graphs show how New York's hospitalizations and deaths rates have formed a U-shape - they peaked in May, then went down in the fall, only to rise against in the winter

Current hospitalizations in New York are more than they were back in March when Cuomo initiated the shutdown, but he now says the state needs to reopen to save the economy. These COVID Tracking graphs show how New York's hospitalizations and deaths rates have formed a U-shape - they peaked in May, then went down in the fall, only to rise against in the winter

The vaccine rollout has been slow in New York. A view of a long line of people waiting for the Moderna vaccine at a vaccination site at South Bronx Educational Campus, in the Bronx borough of New York City on Sunday above

The vaccine rollout has been slow in New York. A view of a long line of people waiting for the Moderna vaccine at a vaccination site at South Bronx Educational Campus, in the Bronx borough of New York City on Sunday above

Also on Monday Cuomo opened up the state¿s vaccine eligibity to essential workers and individuals over the age of 75. A member of the NYPD gets vaccinated above at the Queens Police Academy on Monday

Also on Monday Cuomo opened up the state’s vaccine eligibity to essential workers and individuals over the age of 75. A member of the NYPD gets vaccinated above at the Queens Police Academy on Monday

'We are hurt, we are frustrated, we are in mourning, we are anxious. We are shocked that an invisible enemy could reach such death and destruction especially in this, the most wealthy and powerful nation on earth,' Cuomo said in his televised address.

Also on Monday Cuomo opened up the state’s vaccine eligibity to essential workers and individuals over the age of 75.

He is also launching a new public health corps that will bring 1,000 fellow to help the vaccine rollout.

So far New York has only used about half of its roughly one million vaccine doses. 

Cuomo also said in his speech New York doesn’t have enough doses for roughly four million eligible New Yorkers until mid-April, according to the state’s allotment of 300,000 vaccines per week.


Reopening soon: The Democrat said he¿s planning the state¿s 'economic resurgence' and the plan is to use COVID-19 testing to allow restaurants, art centers and theaters to reopen, However, it¿s not clear when these reopening plans will actually start

Reopening soon: The Democrat said he’s planning the state’s 'economic resurgence' and the plan is to use COVID-19 testing to allow restaurants, art centers and theaters to reopen, However, it’s not clear when these reopening plans will actually start

Broadway has been shut down since March.  Speaking on reopening theaters Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's lead infectious disease expert, said over the weekend Broadway could reopen by fall of 2021 or when New York has reached herd immunity

Broadway has been shut down since March.  Speaking on reopening theaters Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's lead infectious disease expert, said over the weekend Broadway could reopen by fall of 2021 or when New York has reached herd immunity

The restaurant industry has struggled immensely amid the pandemic with restrictions on indoor and outdoor dining. Customer's dine in an enclosed outdoor dining tent while tables and chairs on the street remain vacant on December 30 in New York City

The restaurant industry has struggled immensely amid the pandemic with restrictions on indoor and outdoor dining. Customer's dine in an enclosed outdoor dining tent while tables and chairs on the street remain vacant on December 30 in New York City

No customers: Eateries are struggling to make ends meet at diners stay at home due to the cold and bans on indoor dining

No customers: Eateries are struggling to make ends meet at diners stay at home due to the cold and bans on indoor dining

A creative solution: People dine inside plastic igloos outside the Tap Room on the East Side on December 26 in New York City

A creative solution: People dine inside plastic igloos outside the Tap Room on the East Side on December 26 in New York City 

The state has seen its unemployment rate pick up over the winter months despite the restaurant industry being severely crippled amid indoor and outdoor dining bans.

In April the state’s unemployment rate was 15.3 percent but it rose to 8.4 percent in November.

In his speech Cuomo repeated calls for federal aid for state and local governments, noting the state is facing a COVID-related budget hole of $15billion.

However, he proposed new measures to raise money including legalizing cannabis and online sports betting, which could bring in $300 million in annual revenue after several years.

Speaking on reopening theaters Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's lead infectious disease expert, said over the weekend Broadway could reopen by fall of 2021 or when New York has reached herd immunity. 


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