New York Faces A Desperate Situation As COVID-19 Cases Top 25000

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That is about 10 times as much as California and Washington states, Cuomo said, imploring federal authorities to prioritize resources, including vital medical equipment like ventilators, for his state.

Despite statewide efforts to combat the spread ofcoronavirus, the rate of new infections is doubling every three days, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. "And it is accelerating on its own", Cuomo said.

"New York is the canary in the coal mine, NY is happening first, what is happening to NY will happen to California and IL, it is just a matter of time". Andrew Cuomo provided a look Monday at the Javits Convention Center as the state transforms it into a complex to treat COVID-19.

The governor blasted the 400 ventilators sent to NY from the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema).

The university tracked 13,119 cases in New York City alone.

'The anticipated need now is 140,000 hospital beds and approximately 40,000 ICU beds.

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"Those are troubling and astronomical numbers", he said.

Cuomo's ominous comments about NY come on the same day World Health Organization spokesperson Margaret Harris warned that the U.S. has the "potential" to become the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak due to the recent "acceleration" in cases. Most of the cases and deaths have been in New York City, an emerging worldwide hotspot in the outbreak.

He put the projected peak of the state's cases between two and three weeks away. "So flatten the curve, flatten the curve, we haven't flattened the curve and the curve is actually increasing", he said. The state also faces shortages of ventilators and protective equipment for medical workers.

"We need the federal help, and we need the federal help now", he said.

Cuomo is testing more than anywhere else in the US.

Speaking later in the day, the vice-president, Mike Pence, said the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) had sent NY 2,000 ventilators and plans to send 2,000 more on Wednesday. You want a pat on the pack for sending 400 ventilators?

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"Four hundred ventilators? I need 30,000 ventilators!" he said. "You're missing the magnitude of the problem".

Cuomo urged the federal government to use NY as a testing ground for the response as their apex is coming very soon and they need the supplies now to address the crisis.

Cuomo said Tuesday that the federal Food and Drug Administration authorized the experimental procedure.

So far, Trump has only used the wartime law to bolster the nation's supply of test kits, an action FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor announced Tuesday morning.

At one point Tuesday, Cuomo addressed Trump's (and plenty of others') argument that the American economy couldn't sustain the plummet it had entered as a result of COVID-19 mitigation measures. "This is unsustainable that we close down the economy and we continue to spend money". If health professionals can figure out who those people are, it's possible they could be sent back to work sooner.

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