Fauci presents New York as a model for fighting coronaviruses – “They did it right”

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White House health adviser Anthony Fauci praised New York for handling the coronavirus pandemic, saying the state had responded “correctly” to contain its epidemic.“We know that, when you do it right, you reduce these cases. We did it. We did it in New York, “said Fauci in an interview with” PBS NewsHour “on Friday evening.

“New York has been hit harder than anywhere in the world. And they did it right by doing the things you’re talking about, ”he continued.

New York was once the epicenter of the outbreak in the United States with more than 10,000 new cases per day during its peak outbreak in April. The state significantly reduced daily new infections to 776 on Thursday.

New York is one of nine U.S. states where the virus is under control, according to the Covid Act Now monitoring project. Less than 1% of New Yorkers tested for the virus were positive Thursday, up from a high of more than 40%.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has instituted some of the country’s toughest reopening requirements, insisting that stay-at-home orders stay in place and that many businesses stay closed much longer than states that are currently experiencing peaks like Texas and Florida.

More than 400,000 New Yorkers have been infected with the virus since the pandemic began and at least 32,463 people have died in the state.

New York City is expected to enter Phase 4 on Monday, the next leg of the reopening that allows for outdoor activities like zoos, outdoor movies and gardens. Restaurants, bars, museums and indoor malls will remain closed, Cuomo said on Friday.

“I’m so proud of what New Yorkers have done. But we have to continue to be on alert, ”Cuomo tweeted.

Cuomo has warned of a potential second wave of coronavirus, as dozens of states across the country are battling a spike in the number of confirmed coronavirus infections after their rapid reopening in the spring. Florida reported more than 15,000 new infections last Sunday, more than New York at the height of its epidemic.

Friday, in his comments, Fauci spoke of the outbreaks in the country, urging people to wear masks and pushing for the closing of bars to limit the spread of the virus.

“Stay away from the crowds. Close the bars, ”said Fauci. “You appeal to the inhabitants of the local areas, close these bars. They are seriously the – one of the main reasons we see [the surges].  »

“And I think if we do it for a few weeks straight,” he continued, “I think we’re going to see a turnaround, because we know it works. ”

The coronavirus outbreak has spread around the world, with more than 14 million confirmed cases and more than 597,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The United States has recorded more than 3.6 million cases and at least 139,302 deaths, according to the latest figures, more than any other country.

– CNBC’s Berkeley Lovelace contributed to this report.

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