The United States is currently the most affected by the global pandemic with more than half a million confirmed cases of the virus, according to a count from Johns Hopkins University.
But the government says the infection curve seems to be flattening.
“The number of beds used, we just said, is drastically reduced, which is usually a sign that it is going down,” President Donald Trump said on Friday.
The United States is now poised to overtake Italy as the country with the highest number of deaths, although the real numbers on infections and lives lost worldwide are higher than those reported due to the number limited testing and different counting practices.
In several countries, victims who died outside a hospital – such as in a home or nursing home – were not included in official government figures.
“I understand intellectually why this is happening,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, where deaths have increased from 777 to more than 7,800. “This does not facilitate acceptance. “
But New York officials also said that the number of people in intensive care had dropped for the first time since mid-March and that hospital admissions were slowing.
Cuomo said if the trend continues, New York may not need the overflow field hospitals that officials have strived to build.