More than 700 people die in New York every day for five days in a row. The United States has the largest number of COVID-19 cases in the world, with most of them located in New York. Governor Cuomo said during a press conference on Saturday that the United States should look to see if other countries experience a second wave of coronavirus infections once restrictions are lifted.
He said, "How do we know it is safe to proceed now?
"There are reports that some of these places that reopened quickly saw an increase in the number of cases, are seeing an increase in the rate of infection again or are seeing a second wave.
"So there are worrying signs on the horizon.
"I want to make sure that this time we learn from other experiences.
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"It is one thing to make a mistake once, but this nation must not go through it again.
"Before making these decisions, they must be informed by the experiences we are seeing around the world.
"There is no doubt that what we are doing now is just as important and impactful as everything that has been done.
"This is a time when our actions will literally determine life or death."
Worldwide, there were more than 1,700,000 cases of COVID-19 at the time of writing.
The death toll reached more than 104,000 at the time of this writing.
More than 390,000 people have recovered from the coronavirus worldwide.
Britain has the seventh largest number of COVID-19 cases in the world.