The number of daily new coronavirus cases and deaths reported in New York was the lowest since the state started its lockdown in March, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday, calling Memorial Day a "pivot point" for New York.

By the numbers: 73 New Yorkers died from coronavirus in the past 24 hours, and 200 people tested positive. Hospitalizations and intubations also decreased.

The big picture: Governors have had to hammer messaging on proper social distancing as summer begins and outdoor activities resume. Wearing a mask "has to be part of literally who we are and what we do everyday," Cuomo said stressing how long it took for the state to get cases under control.

What he's saying:

"Number of new COVID cases down to the lowest level since this ever started, just about 200. Amen. Number of lives lost, 73. That's the lowest level that we have seen since this started. So, again, in this absurd new reality, that is good news. Any other time and place when we lose 73 New Yorkers, it's tragic. It's tragic now, but relative to where we've been, we're on the other side of the curve and that's the lowest number that we've had."

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Coronavirus testing czar: Lockdowns in hotspots "should be on the table"

The Trump administration's coronavirus testing coordinator Adm. Brett Giroir said on ABC's "This Week" that "everything" — including the "stringent lockdowns" that many governors implemented in March and April — should be "on the table" in states where new infections are skyrocketing.

Why it matters: President Trump said in June that the U.S. "won't be closing down the country again" — a view shared by many Republicans who believe that the economic damage caused by stay-at-home orders was too great to justify a second round of lockdowns.

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Ex-FDA chief projects "apex" of South's coronavirus curve in 2-3 weeks

Former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said on CBS News' "Face the Nation" Sunday that he expects the coronavirus outbreaks in Southern states like Texas, Florida and Arizona to reach their apex in the next two to three weeks — but warned that this would likely be followed by an "extended plateau," as seen in places like Brazil.

Why it matters: Southern states were among the first to reopen after lockdowns in March and April and are now experiencing a surge in cases. Gottlieb said that while the death rate has been lower than it was in the spring, it's likely to increase to over 1,000 new deaths a day as infections seep into older populations.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 9 a.m. ET: 13,127,030 — Total deaths: 573,664 — Total recoveries — 7,280,515Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 9 a.m. ET: 3,364,704 — Total deaths: 135,615 — Total recoveries: 1,031,939 — Total tested: 41,004,275Map.
  3. Axios-Ipsos poll: Americans fear a return to school.
  4. Business: Buildings are getting teste, tooPPP was not enough for small businesses.
  5. Politics: More Republicans say they're wearing masks.