The White House coronavirus co-ordinator, Deborah Birx, said at the task force brifing, "You will see in New York City, the number of (new) cases per day has been relatively constant over the last three days". "So again on the good news side, it shows that you can slow the rate of infection". He added that the apex of the curve of rising coronavirus cases in NY is still 14-21 days away, according to the latest projections.
A woman crosses a almost empty Park Avenue in midtown Manhattan during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease in New York March 24, 2020.
"We need the federal help and we need the federal help now", Cuomo said.
NY is also awaiting the arrival of the U.S. Navy Ship Comfort which will give them an additional 1,000 beds. The state says at least 210 people have died from COVID-19.
"We haven't flattened the curve", Cuomo said, "and the curve is actually increasing". Health officials warned that COVID-19-related casualty figures in NY are expected to jump significantly in the coming days.
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In Madrid this week, a conference centre was turned into a field hospital, and an ice rink into a makeshift morgue . Even once the numbers crest, it would be "counterproductive" to think about relaxing restrictions soon, he added.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. Almost one in every two Americans infected by novel coronavirus are from New York City which reported 5,085 news cases on Monday taking the total to 20,875. So far, the results are not encouraging.
"In Westchester, we have dramatically slowed what was at one point an exponential increase (in confirmed cases), and we've slowed that some", he said. What was coming like a "freight train" now looks more like a "bullet train", Cuomo warned Tuesday.
Cuomo issued an executive order on Monday requiring all hospitals in the state to boost their capacity by 50% to meet the expected need. Yet, "I can't find any more equipment". "The anticipated need now for the highest of the curve is 140,000 hospital beds and approximately 40,000 intensive care unit beds", Cuomo added.
The state also desperately needs ventilators, to help people breathe after their lungs have been compromised by COVID-19.
There will be four additional sites in NY to be converted to temporary hospitals, such as the Javits Center. "You're going to have suicides by the thousands", he said.
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That fog is nowhere more apparent than in the uncertainty around whether hospitals and medical professionals will get the life-saving supplies they need before they're overwhelmed.
"It's hard to perform, it's experimental", Cuomo said. If you've already ordered more with the Defense Production Act, tell us now.
The Trump task force is urging anyone who has been in the NY area to self-quarantine for 14 days to ensure that the virus does not find new seeding spots in the community. Cuomo called for a national push to send ventilators to NY now, saying the city alone needs 20,000 of them in a matter of weeks. As the apex is expected in around two weeks, NY is taking aggressive and urgent precautions.
The United States Army Corps of Engineers recommended "four initial sites in New York State for locating temporary hospitals" out of more than a dozen that they visited along with New York government officials, according to the New York state website. Then we will deploy it to the states that come after us.
"I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter", he said.
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Brady swapped the Patriots for the Buccaneers on a two-year deal in free agency following six Super Bowl titles in New England. While many might be writing off the Patriots and have diminished expectations, McCourty's focus remains the same.
The WHO yesterday said that the United States had the potential to become the global epicenter of the pandemic, citing a "very large acceleration" in coronavirus infections.