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April 19, 2020, 5:26 p.m. EDT

New York coronavirus deaths fall again, but Cuomo warns ‘this is only halftime’

Officials warn tha despite encouraging signs, crisis if far from over

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“Right now you are failing to protect the very people you grew up around,” de Blasio said of Trump. “When New York City is in need, where are you?”

De Blasio even referenced an infamous tabloid headline — “FORD TO CITY: DROP DEAD” — from 1975 when then-President Gerald Ford denied assistance to spare New York from bankruptcy.

“Are you going to save New York City,” the mayor said, “or are you saying to New York City ‘drop dead?’”

Cuomo chimed in by saying the states needed money from the federal government to ramp up testing that has not been provided so far.

“You have the president saying 15 times, ‘It’s up to the governors, it’s up to the governors, it’s up to the governors.’ And then they’re going to pass a piece of legislation that gives you know what to states: zero, zilch, nada, niente,” he said.

Fewer police out sick

The number of New York Police Department officers calling out sick is declining.

The nation’s largest police department reported that 5,324 uniformed members — about 15% of the force — were out sick on Saturday. That’s down from a high of 7,155 officers — nearly 20% of the force — on April 9.

So far, more than 2,000 members of the NYPD have returned to work full duty after recovering from a positive test for the coronavirus, police officials said.

Other developments

Tony Award-nominated actor Nick Cordero had his right leg amputated after having complications from the coronavirus, his wife said. Cordero has been on a ventilator and unconscious since March 31.

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