New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the lowest number of deaths from coronavirus has been recorded in the territory in one day since the start of the pandemic with 35 deaths in the last 24 hours.
Cuomo noted that the fewest hospitalizations have also been reached after they have dropped to 2,603, a number that reached 18,825 during the peak of the pandemic in the US state.
The governor has confirmed the reopening of some places in the territory as the temples of worship with 25 per cent of their occupation and following the measures of social distancing during phase two of reopening in the state.
Also, he announced the launch of an executive order that will allow commercial establishments to take the temperature of anyone who enters the building, as stated in an official statement.
However, he recalled that New York City will begin its reopening process starting June 8, and has reported that the percentage of positive tests in New York City has dropped from a daily maximum of 57 per cent to 2 per cent.
“We now have the lowest number of hospitalizations and deaths from the coronavirus since the pandemic began, which is great news, so we are going to accelerate the opening of temples, mosques and churches and allow these places of worship to open with a 25 per cent of its capacity in phase two,” Cuomo said.
The governor added that people must continue to comply with “all necessary precautions and orders” to continue this trend, but has warned that the reopening will have to be “slower.”
Cuomo has confirmed 1,108 more cases of coronavirus in New York state this Saturday, so the total number of positives has risen to 377,316. In addition, a total of 24,212 people have died in New York from COVID-19.
This good news comes after Wall Street opened this Friday between strong gains and the Dow Jones, its main indicator, advanced 2.8% and more than 700 points in an opening marked by optimism after the publication of data from jobs for the month of May, reflecting the creation of 2.5 million jobs and which have been interpreted as a sign that the United States economy is already in a recovery phase.
Minutes after the start of operations on the New York Stock Exchange, the Dow Jones scored 733.09 points to 27,014.91 points, driven by greats such as Boeing (10.11% at the beginning and 13.03% afterwards) and Exxon Mobil (7.9%).
On Thursday, Wall Street closed sharply higher after the unemployment rate in the United States registered a surprise drop in May and fell to 13.3%, defying analysts’ expectations amid the coronavirus pandemic, much to the delight of President Donald Trump, who is seeking reelection in November.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 829.16 points, or 3.15%, to 27,110.98 units. The S&P 500 gained 81.58 points, or 2.62%, to 3,193.93 units and the Nasdaq Composite added 198.27 points, or 2.06%, to 9,814.08 units.
Unemployment in the United States fell to 13.3% in May from a level of 14.7% in April, after the economy created 2.5 million jobs.
“This improvement in the labor market reflects a limited resumption of economic activity that had been reduced in March and April by the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) and efforts to contain it,” said the Bureau of Employment Statistics.
President Donald Trump was enthusiastic about the employment statistics released this Friday. To the surprise of the main economic analysts, who expected a further increase in unemployment, the Department of Labor reported a decrease, from the historical 14.7% in April to 13.3%, thanks to a net creation of 2.5 million job positions.
“It is a great day for our country, ratification of all the work that we have been doing for three and a half years. We had the best economy in the history of the world, and that strength helped us through this pandemic. Vaccines are not going very well, I had a meeting yesterday. We are going to have very positive surprises. Also with therapies and cures,” Trump said at a press conference at the White House.
“What happened today is extraordinary. They believed the number was going to be a loss of 9 million jobs, but we won almost 3 million. No one ever saw anything like that. This leads us to a long period of growth and we will have the best economy in the world again. We are going to have a very good August, and September, October and November will be spectacular. Next year will be one of the best we will have had financially,” he added.