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Glimmer of hope in New York as Gov. Cuomo says rate of hospitalizations has slowed, but he adds ‘we’re still on the way up the mountain’


Gov. Andrew Cuomo said early signs show social distancing is paying off, as the exponential rate of new hospitalizations has slowed.

“The evidence suggests that the density control measures may be working,” Cuomo said at a news conference on Wednesday. The number of hospitalizations, which on Sunday were doubling every two days, are now doubling nearly every five days. However, the governor showed some hesitation to believe things could slow that much.

“We’re still on the way up the mountain,” he said.

He pointed out that Westchester County, which had the first cases of the virus in New York, has seen a significant slowdown in the number of new infections.

“In Westchester we have dramatically slowed what was an exponential increase,” he said

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the White House advised anyone traveling through or from New York City, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., to put themselves into self-quarantine for 14 days—a blanket order some public health experts said is a step too far.

“I would not follow that,” Dr. Howard Zucker, New York state’s health…


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