The governor of New York is exploring how to re-start the state’s economy as the death rate from the new coronavirus continues to grow.
Latest figures show it’s now killed 125 people in New York City as of Monday evening, with 13,119 confirmed to be infected. And some experts are suggesting the spread of the disease could start to double every two-and-a-half days.
But President Donald Trump suggested Monday he was looking to lift controls on people leaving their homes in an effort to stop the coronavirus from destroying the U.S. economy — and Governor Andrew Cuomo said he was looking to do the same thing.
“The President is very concerned about the economy. The economy was doing well – the economy is now truly suffering. The consequences haven’t even been felt yet because not only have you stopped the revenue machine – you’ve increased the expense machine,” he said on CNN Monday night.
He added, “I actually have a group that is working on the restart of the economy because I get it, too. This is New York and we’re with the home of so much of this. So coming up with the plan to restart the economy is very important.
“But this, you don’t want to – it’s a false choice to say public health or restart the economy. Nobody’s going to make that choice, and by the way, if you have to make that choice, it’s public health. Because you cannot put a value on a human life. Nobody cares how long it takes to get the economy up and running if you actually saved lives.”
Cuomo said he is attempting to draw up a strategy that might bring less-vulnerable people back to work, but keep those at high risk from the disease at home.
He put in place a stay-at-home order Sunday night which says non-essential workers can only leave their homes to buy groceries, get medication or exercise.
“Is there a public health strategy that says, “Look, you can start to bring young people back to work. You can start to test and find out who had the virus and who resolved from the virus, and they can start to go back to work?” That’s how we’ll restart the economy, with a smart public health strategy, because closing the door on everyone was only because we didn’t know better.”
But he said experts are suggesting that the return to work could coincide with a tidal wave of cases reports Patch.