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People needing ventilators has ‘improved a bit’ in recent days – NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio

A day after the governors of New York, New Jersey and Louisiana cited data that offered a glimmer of hope, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said it was too early to declare that a corner had been turned in the fight against the coronavirus but he pointed to some encouraging developments.

“We projected to you, even on Sunday, that we had seen a little bit of progress in terms of when we were going to need ventilators,” he said at a news conference in front of the Alfred E. Smith elementary school in New York on Tuesday (April 7). “We’ve seen more progress now. That means the number of people showing up in our hospitals who need a ventilator, that situation has improved a bit in recent days. I’m hopeful, but I’m not drawing conclusions until I’m 100% sure and my health team is 100% sure. But I want to at least note a little improvement the last few days and thank God for that.”

With early signs that the coronavirus outbreak is plateauing in New York and other hot spots, some U.S. health officials say the pandemic may kill fewer Americans than recent projections, while racial disparities in the death toll have started to emerge.

This disease is affecting people disproportionately in lower income communities, in communities that have had more health problems historically and in communities of color,” de Blasio said. “There is a disparity dynamic here. It is real. It is meaningful.”

The coronavirus death toll has surpassed 11,000 in the United States and confirmed cases have topped 368,000.

(Production by Roselle Chen)

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