7-day COVID-19 average in New York City drops below 4%

New York's Mayor Bill de Blasio makes declarations at a mass vaccination site at Yankee Stadium amid the coronavirus disease pandemic in the Bronx borough of New York City New York U.S

A top Cuomo aide admitted to leading state Democratic lawmakers that the administration had withheld data on coronavirus deaths at nursing homes to avoid federal scrutiny, the New York Post first reported just days ago.

Andrew Cuomo, who at one time was hailed by the mainstream media as the king of the coronavirus response in the United States, is now facing calls to resign.

People who are under age 65 but have underlying medical conditions can start making appointments to get COVID-19 vaccine shots at the state's mass vaccination sites starting Sunday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Saturday.

Sen. Sue Serino, the ranking member of the Senate Aging Committee said that hiding the deaths of thousands of New Yorkers for political reasons is "Albany's rock bottom".

DeRosa said the Cuomo administration had delayed the release of data on Covid-19 deaths among long-term care facility residents because of concerns about a potential federal investigation, according to the transcript.

Melissa DeRosa, the secretary to the governor and widely considered to be one of the most powerful NY state officials, told lawmakers on a video call Wednesday that the administration withheld additional death totals while facing both federal and state inquiries.

The powers, which were initially set to expire on April 30, provide Cuomo the ability to "suspend specific provisions of any statute, local law, ordinance, or orders, rules or regulations of any agency" and circumvent normal legislative procedures.

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"Gov. Cuomo is of course the governor of one of the largest states in the country, one of the places where the pandemic hit hardest the earliest, where there's still many Americans who are continuing to struggle to get vaccinated, to make ends meet, and so it was important to have him as a part of the meeting", she said.

From here, Tapper pivoted by slamming Republican lawmakers for their own political opportunism by refusing to hold Trump accountable for the storming of the U.S. Capitol.

"Where those people died and why they died and if they died because of Cuomo's March directive, that is information in the public interest", Tapper said.

"It is more clear than ever who was really playing politics with this issue", he said.

NY state was one of the hotspots of the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic in the USA, having registered over 8700 new COVID cases as of 12 February.

Republicans, meanwhile, have demanded an independent investigation and committee resignations. That said, there are still a lot of unknowns at this time such as exact information on quantities that we may receive or what the precise timeline of delivery will be. We were comprehensive and transparent in our responses to the DOJ, and then had to immediately focus our resources on the second wave and vaccine rollout. "But we are committed to being better partners going forward as we share the same goal of keeping New Yorkers as healthy as possible during the pandemic", she stated.

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