Coronavirus US live: Cuomo says 'overall direction is good' in New York

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After noting that New York state has spent more than $2 billion on medical equipment this year alone, Cuomo announces the formation of a regional buying consortium with seven neighboring states to “increase market power and bring down prices” in the pursuit of PPE, ventilators and other medical equipment.

The governor says the mutual-aid agreement “will make us more competitive in the international marketplace and I believe it will save taxpayers money”.

New York governor Andrew Cuomo says the number of current Covid-19 hospitalizations statewide has dropped below 10,000 for the first time since mid-March in his daily coronavirus briefing from Albany.

The number of new hospitalizations over the last 24-hour period has also fallen to 789, though Cuomo warns this could be an anomaly.

NEW: Total hospitalizations for COVID-19 in New York State dips below 10,000 for first time since March, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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The chair of the Republican National Committee Chair, Ronna McDaniel, appeared on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos where she was asked about allegations from Tara Reade, a former Senate staffer, that she was sexually assaulted by Joe Biden in 1993.

McDaniel accused Democrats and the media of hypocrisy over the allegations, saying Biden had been treated lightly, compared to the scrutiny given to Brett Kavanaugh when allegations of sexual assault were levelled against him before his appointment to the supreme court.

“It has been appalling, the hypocrisy, as to how Brett Kavanaugh was treated versus Joe Biden,” said McDaniel. “Brett Kavanaugh, every accuser was put on TV. It was wall-to-wall coverage. They went into his high school year book. They said he needed an FBI investigation ... And then you go to Joe Biden. Five weeks of silence. Nineteen interviews without a single question. He won’t let people go into his records in the University of Delaware. They’re calling on the DNC to do the investigation.

“It went from MeToo, MeToo, MeToo, to Move on, Move on, Move on in a nanosecond because he’s a Democrat and the hypocrisy is appalling and it’s not just from the Democrats, it’s from the media, and I’ll tell you, I think any outlet that conducted those 19 interviews and didn’t ask a single question should be disqualified from conducting any part of a presidential debate.”

Biden, has in fact, been asked about the allegations, most recently on Friday on MSNBC. Various publications, including the Guardian, have also discussed the claims. The New York Times editorial board has called on the DNC to conduct an independent review of the matter.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump, who has also been accused of sexual assault, appeared to be sympathetic to Biden, who he is almost certain to face in this year’s presidential election. In an interview on Friday, Trump said: “I would just say to Joe Biden, just go out and fight [the allegation]”.

McDaniel said the president made his comments because he believes in justice. “Because due process and the presumption of innocence has no longer been the standard in this country when it comes to Republicans and now Democrats are suddenly embracing those legal standards that we made the cornerstone of our country when it comes to Joe Biden, but they threw it out the window when it came to Brett Kavanaugh, and so did the media,” she said.

McDaniel also said she was not worried about polls showing that Trump trails Biden in several key states. “I think the American people recognize what a strong leader he has been through this unprecedented crisis,” she said.

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