Cuomo Says He Now Supports Marijuana Legalization As New York Desperate For Tax Revenue: Live Updates

Friday, May 22, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Fri, 05/22/2020


NY lowest case count since early days of outbreak
NJ raises gathering limit to 25
Italy says vaccine won’t be ready until next year
NY launches program allowing pharmacists to administer COVID tests
GM delays plan to ramp up production
Spain lifts lockdown conditions in Madrid
Chinese airline to restart flights from US next month
India reports record jump in cases as lockdown eases
Russia reports record jump in deaths
Russian ‘hot nurse’ punished for accidentally exposing underwear due to ‘see-through’ PPE
UN warns of looming collapse of Yemen’s health-care system
Bulgaria allows EU residents to enter country
Brazil becomes sixth country to hit 20k COVID deaths
Thailand extends state of emergency even as no new cases reported
Russia, Brazil drive largest daily jump in new cases
Australia’s largest state, New South Wales, allows up to 50 people in restaurants and bars
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Update (1225ET): In New Jersey, Gov Phil Murphy reported a 0.9% jump in new cases Friday, in-line with the 7-day average.

Hospitalizations and ICU admissions also continued to decline.

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Update (1140ET): As the AP reveals that NY leads the nation in nursing home deaths (with some 5,300 recorded), Cuomo just expertly deflected from a burgeoning controversy over his decision to send COVID-19 patients back to nursing homes, helping to kickstart or aggravate some of the deadliest outbreaks. Cuomo has defended the decision as intended to ensure nursing home residents wouldn’t left to just hang around hospitals, when, in hindsight, they probably should have been admitted.

After dragging his feet on marijuana legalization for years (one of the biggest complaints of Cuomo’s progressive critics is that after becoming one of the first states to approve medical marijuana, NY has basically given up on reform in that area), it looks like legalization is back on the agenda.

New COVID-19 cases in New York State reported Friday climbed by another 0.4% as the number of infections reported continued to slow, Cuomo added. “This is a level now that is lower than when we first began,” he said.

Cuomo also announced his state would adopt the CDC guidance on HQX.

In another milestone: NYC has recorded 58 days without a pedestrian traffic death, the longest stretch since the city started tracking the numbers in 1983.

In Italy, meanwhile, the head of the Italian Medicines Agency, the national authority responsible for drug regulation in Italy, said Friday that a vaccine for the virus likely wouldn’t be ready until next year.

AIFA director-general Nicola Magrini told reporters that studies of five or six vaccines are showing promise but “the reasonable time to think about a vaccine is next spring, next summer.”

“I don’t think there will be any vaccine for September available,” Magrini said. “Let’s hope they are developed by next year and let’s hope there’s more than one, and the production capacities are adequate.”

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