New York Governor Andrew Cuomo stated Tuesday the speed of coronavirus instances in New York state is doubling each three days and in contrast the outbreak to a “bullet train.”
“We’re not slowing it, and it’s increasing on its own,” Cuomo stated throughout a press briefing. “One of the forecasters said to me, We were looking at a freight train coming across the country. We’re now looking at a bullet train, because the numbers are going up that quickly.”
Cuomo’s feedback come as coronavirus instances proceed to soar in New York, making it the state with probably the most confirmed instances. According to a Johns Hopkins University tracker, New York has at the least 23,230 instances and over 183 deaths.
During the briefing, Cuomo additionally famous that the elevated charge of infections correlates with a rise within the projected hospital beds wanted.
“We have projected the apex at about 110,000 hospital beds. The new projection suggests that the number of hospital beds needed could be as high as 140,000,” Cuomo stated. “We haven’t flattened the curve, and the curve is actually increasing. That means the number of hospital beds, which is at 53,000 beds and 3,000 intensive care unit beds. 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 that forecasters have instructed him that the apex of the curve could possibly be 14 to 21 days away.
While the rising variety of instances in New York could also be horrifying, it stems from a rise in testing within the state, which Cuomo referred to as “the highest level in the U.S.”
“We have increased testing to the highest level in the U.S. and the highest per capita level on the globe,” he stated. “No one is testing more than we are testing.”
Cuomo additionally spoke in regards to the want for at the least 30,000 ventilators in New York and criticized the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for saying it could ship 400 ventilators.
“FEMA is sending us 400 ventilators,” Cuomo stated. “Four hundred ventilators? I need 30,000 ventilators. You want a pat on the pack for sending 400 ventilators? What are we going to do with 400 ventilators when we need 30,000 ventilators? You’re missing the magnitude of the problem, and the problem is defined by the magnitude.”
Throughout the nation, there are at the least 46,548 confirmed instances of the novel coronavirus, which causes the respiratory illness COVID-19. The virus has brought about 592 deaths throughout the nation, in response to the Johns Hopkins tracker.