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New York became the fourth state to hit 1 million coronavirus cases after Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office released data on Friday alone that reported 15,074 new cases. Over 30,000 people in the state and 350,000 people across the country have died from COVID
New York joined California, Texas, and Florida as the only other states to have more than 1 million cases as the nationwide total of coronavirus cases hit 20 million on New Year’s Day. Experts believe these numbers will increase after trips and gatherings over the Christmas and New Year holidays.
However, the total number of cases and deaths is likely to be even higher, as tests were few in the spring when tests available were sparse and the pandemic was just beginning to spread in the US.
On ABCs this week, leading infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, the presenter Martha Raddatz, said that he did not expect that coronavirus deaths would reach such heights. “But, you know, that’s what happens when you’re in a situation where you have spike in tension from so many factors,” he told People, or essentially forcing people to do most of their things indoors and not outside take care of. “
President Donald Trump claimed the Centers for Disease Control Numbers for those infected with COVID were “exaggerated”. On the state of the Union from CNN, US surgeon general Dr. Jerome Adams: “From a public health perspective, I have no reason to doubt these numbers.”
Even with the first introduction of a vaccine, it is unclear when the spread of cases will slow down. The Trump administration has been criticized for botched vaccine distribution. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Saturday morning that it has delivered 4,225,756 initial doses and distributed 13,071,925 doses across the country, a long way from Trump’s September promise to deliver 100 million doses and 20 million doses by the end of 2020.
Lots of cans are set to expire by the end of January with no clear plan to speed up vaccinations to avoid this. Regardless, the numbers are an improvement over the only 2.1 million doses administered as of December 30th.
Trump card claimed on Sunday without citing evidence that vaccines are “being delivered to the federal states by the federal government much faster than they can be administered!”
Cuomo didn’t go directly into New York’s over a million cases in a statement Saturday, however, encouraged New Yorkers to stand firm to take precautionary measures to slow the spread of the disease.
“As daunting as it may seem after all this time, it is crucial that the rest of us stay tough and continue our efforts to slow the spread,” said Cuomo. “We have come this far and will finally reach this light at the end of the tunnel if we all do our part.”