New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday that recent data on the novel coronavirus outbreak including a decline in new hospitalizations and other steady factors suggest the crisis may be hitting a plateau, and possibly nearing its apex, despite 594 more deaths and 8,327 new cases in the past 24 hours.

“If we are plateauing, we are plateauing at a very high level and there is tremendous stress on the health care system,” he said.

Cuomo said the healthcare system is at maximum capacity and stressed that the pressure on hospitals was "unsustainable" at this rate.

During Monday's news briefing, the governor also said that he was extending an order to keep non-essential businesses and schools for another two weeks until April 29, as well as doubling maximum fines for violating state social distancing rules to $1,000.

The state's total cases are now at 130,689, with 4,758 total deaths so far.

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