Cuomo tells Trump he MUST fund state governments to help reopen country after prez called for states to be ‘liberated’ – The Sun

NEW York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday that with hospitalizations and intubations down, the state appears to be "passed the plateau" of the coronavirus outbreak.

Cuomo said 1,915 people were still admitted to hospitals with the coronavirus and that 540 people died from the virus on Friday — bringing the Empire State's death toll to 13,362.

The governor said of the atmosphere of the U.S.: "The emotion in this country is as high as I can recall. We're never been through this before."

He said that "on every level, this is a terrible experience," telling reporters in Albany that "it makes you reflect on your whole life."

The governor said right now is not time to "take sides" in politics, and called for President Donald Trump to help fund state governments to reopen the country — the day after Trump called for states to be "liberated."

"I’m not asking for the federal government to come in and do any more than they need to do, but we do need their coordination," Cuomo said. "If you want us to reopen, we need funding."

Cuomo said despite the lower number of deaths, it's still "a soul-crushing loss."

"When you feel tired of social distancing, think of those we lost," he tweeted. "That's what's at stake here."

Cuomo said "the challenge" of reopening the state is testing, and bringing it "up to scale."

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