Cuomo: Lowest COVID-19 Deaths In NY Yet Is ‘Good News’ In ‘Absurd New Reality’

Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press conference at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on May 26, 2020 at Wall Street in New York City. - The New York Stock Exchange, the symbolic heart of Wall Stre... Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press conference at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on May 26, 2020 at Wall Street in New York City. - The New York Stock Exchange, the symbolic heart of Wall Street, reopened its floor Tuesday after a two-month closure due to the coronavirus, with traders donning masks and separated by plexiglas.Stocks surged at the outset of the session following the trademark opening bell, which was presided by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and NYSE officials -- all donning masks. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP) (Photo by JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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May 26, 2020 1:20 p.m.
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) was optimistic Tuesday about new data from the last 24-hours that shows the lowest number of daily COVID-19 fatalities in his state since its stay-at-home order began in March.

Cuomo, whose state has become the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, began the press conference by praising the “great news” of a decreased number of hospitalizations.

The New York governor then reported the state has seen the lowest levels of new COVID-19 cases and fatalities, saying new cases have gone down to “about 200” with 73 fatalities from the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

“Amen. Number of lives lost, 73,” Cuomo said. “That’s the lowest level that we have seen since this started. So, again, in this absurd new reality, that is good news.”

Cuomo noted that “any other time” when 73 New Yorkers die is “tragic,” but he said it signals the state being “on the other side of the curve” relative to where it’s been regarding daily hospitalizations and death tolls in the past two months.

During Tuesday’s press conference, Cuomo also announced that he is set to meet with President Trump on Wednesday to discuss infrastructure.

Watch Cuomo’s remarks below:

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