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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gives a press briefingon in Albany on April 17. Photo: Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushed back on calls to reopen the state's economy following an anti-lockdown protest outside the state Capitol in Albany on Wednesday.

The big picture: Cuomo said at a briefing Wednesday there were 474 deaths in the past 24 hours, a drop of 481 deaths in the previous 24-hour period. But he warned of a potential "second wave" if restrictions were hastily relaxed. "We get the economic anxiety," he said. "The question is how do you respond to it and do you respond to it in a way that jeopardizes public health and possibly causes more people to die?" Cuomo suggested those wanting to work could "get a job as an essential worker." He doubled down on his comments on CNN Wednesday night.

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Go deeper: In photos: Groups protest coronavirus lockdowns across the U.S.

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Updated Oct 7, 2020 - Health

World coronavirus updates

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New Zealand now has active no coronavirus cases in the community after the final six people linked to the Auckland cluster recovered, the country's Health Ministry confirmed in an email Wednesday.

The big picture: The country's second outbreak won't officially be declared closed until there have been "no new cases for two incubation periods," the ministry said. Auckland will join the rest of NZ in enjoying no domestic restrictions from late Wednesday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, declaring that NZ had "beat the virus again."

Jul 31, 2020 - Health

Fauci responds to Trump's testing tweet at House coronavirus hearing

Anthony Fauci on Friday told the House's select coronavirus committee that surging infections in the U.S. were caused by several factors, including states reopening without following social-distancing guidelines.

Why it matters: He was responding directly to a tweet from President Trump, who took to the platform during the hearing to repeat his claim that the U.S. has reported the most cases in the world due to increased testing.