New York state daily virus death toll drops below 100

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Added On May 24, 2020

The daily coronavirus death toll in New York state has dropped below one hundred for the first time since the state went into a lockdown two months ago.

 
News hour has more.
 
New York State governor Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday that the number of deaths in New York state caused by COVID-19 in the last 24 hours has fallen to 84, the lowest one-day total since late March.
 
SOUNDBITE(English) :Andrew Cuomo, New York State Governor
 
"And the number of lives lost is down to eighty four. Eighty four is still a tragedy, no doubt, but the fact that it's down as low as it is really uh, overall good news."       .
 
Cuomo also announced Long Island and Mid-Hudson could reopen next week,leaving New York City the only region in the state that will remain in the "PAUSE" order for a while.
 
New York City is the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, and can't reopen as it has not yet met two of the seven metrics the state-designed for reopening. But Cuomo said he expected the city to reopen in early June.
 
As the epidemic wanes in the state, earlier on Friday, the New York state allowed gatherings of up to 10 people for non-essential purposes, two months after a statewide order banned gatherings of any size to curb the spread of the virus.