New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said coronavirus was hitting his state ‘like a bullet train’ and that it could peak in just 14 days.
Speaking at a press conference at the Javits Center, which will become one of several field hospitals offering 1,000 beds to patients in Manhattan, Cuomo said the virus was moving faster than he or anyone else had anticipated it to.
‘The increase in cases continues unabated. The rate of increase has gone up, it’s doubling every three days. That is a dramatic increase in the rate of infection
‘We were looking at a freight train – we’re now looking at a bullet train. We haven’t flattened the curve. The curve is actually increasing.
‘The anticipated need now is 140,000 hospital beds and approximately 40,000 ICU beds. Those are troubling and astronomical numbers.
NY Gov. Cuomo said on Tuesday that the peak of coronavirus was heading towards New York like a ‘bullet train’
‘They project at this time could be 14-21 days away – not only do we have a spike in the increase, when you spike the increase in cases it accelerates the apex.
‘We’re doing everything we can on every level to slow the spread,’ he said.
There are now 25,665 cases of the virus in New York, including 14,904 in New York City.
On Tuesday afternoon, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said 131 people in the city had died.
De Blasio also said he was looking to release 300 criminals from jail. They all have less than one year to serve on their sentence and have either committed non-violent felonies or misdemeanors.
De Blasio said he’d looked at some cases of people who have been convicted of sexual assault or domestic battery and decided that he does not want them to be let out.
In just one day, there were 4,790 new cases across the state and 2,599 cases in the city of New York.
Cuomo is testing more than anywhere else in the US. To date, the state has tested nearly 100,000 people.
He has long warned that the case count would rise but there is now a race against the virus to prepare the city and state’s hospitals for the sudden onslaught of people who are going to need urgent care.
He needs 30,000 ventilators but only currently has 7,000. FEMA sent 400 which is nowhere near enough to combat the pandemic.
There are now more than 25,000 cases of coronavirus in the state of New York, including 14,904 in New York City alone
There are now more than 50,000 cases of the virus in America and more than 600 people have died
Cuomo spoke at the Javits Center, one of many field hospitals that will be erected in New York
The National Guard has deployed to New York City where they are helping the Army Corps of Engineers setting up temporary hospitals
Cuomo slammed the government for not giving him more, and specifically targeted President Trump for it.
‘You want me to pat you on the back for 400 ventilators? What am I going to do with 400 ventilators when I need 30,000?
‘You choose the 26,000 who die,’ he said.
Cuomo’s math was off: if every sick person who he says needs a ventilator didn’t receive one from the federal government, the true death toll would be even higher at 29,600.
He is frantically trying to piece together field hospitals to deal with the crisis and said he was in conversations with hotel owners to talk about which of their properties he could take over.
He is already planning on turning empty college campuses into hospitals.
There are 53,000 hospital beds in the state of New York but Cuomo says he needs at least 140,000 to cope with the virus.
There are now more than 50,000 cases of the virus in the US and more than 600 people have died.
There are varying predictions on how long it will last in each place it hits.
Cuomo said on Monday that the situation was likely to remain how it is for ‘several months’ but that he was exploring ways to get young, healthy people back to work in order to restart the economy.
President Trump on Tuesday said he wants the crisis over by Easter and that people are desperate to get back to work.