Cuomo Claims Victory, Has “Crushed” the Curve, Starts Reopening City

( New York City is beginning to reopen after months of extensive lockdown measures designed to protect residents from the Chinese coronavirus. Governor Andrew Cuomo, who represents the whole state of New York, announced on Saturday that the state saw its lowest number of deaths and hospitalizations caused by the coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic. He told of having “crushed” the curve and announced that New York City could finally start reopening some of its businesses on Monday, June 8.

“We did the impossible,” Cuomo said on Twitter on Saturday.

“On Monday NYC will be open phase one. We didn’t just flatten the curve – we crushed it.”

On Friday, the total number of people hospitalized by the virus dropped to 2,603. This is a significant drop over the 18,825 record during the height of the pandemic earlier this year. Some 35 people also died on Friday in New York, another gigantic drop from the peak of 800 people two months ago.

“Our metrics are all, today, very good,” Cuomo also said on Saturday during his daily press conference. “We are going to open the valve more than we originally anticipated because the metrics are so good. Compared to where we were, this is a big sigh of relief,” he said.

Reopening the state, and particularly New York City, fully is still going to take some time, but entering the next stage of reopening is a significant milestone for the region that was worst affected by the virus. It means that places of worship in many parts of the state can start operating with a 25% capacity, something that wasn’t planned until a later stage.

“Places of worship in the seven regions that have already entered phase two – the Capital Region, Central New York, the Finger Lakes, the Mohawk Valley, the North Country, the Southern Tier and Western New York – can begin reopening tomorrow, June 7th,” the state website explains.

New York City entered phase one on Monday.