New York Governor Says Social Distancing Slowing Coronavirus

Lawrence Kim
March 26, 2020

"But the inescapable conclusion is that the rate of infection is going up".

"It's a drop in the bucket", he said.

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

New York City, densely packed home to more than 8 million people, had 157 deaths and some 15,000 cases of coronavirus, almost one-third the US total and more than half the country's new cases on Tuesday, despite imposing strict limits on travel, socializing and work. "Nobody in the world bought ventilators in preparation for a 1918 Spanish flu pandemic", Cuomo said.

"That's a big deal", Cuomo said of the progress on staffing.

That Gateway Pundit piece, published Sunday, relied on a Friday column by former New York Lieutenant Governor Betsy McCaughey.

(Bryan R. Smith/AFP via Getty Images) New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks to the media and members of the National Guard at the Javits Convention Center which is being turned into a hospital to help fight coronavirus cases in New York City on March 23, 2020. We have many fewer vehicles in New York City. So far, the results are not encouraging. "We're doing our best to keep our students engaged in learning, monitor and enrich our own kids' learning, while maintaining our own sanity during this challenging time".

"We're now looking at a bullet train".

The latest rise in cases has forced a dramatic revision of the state's projections for how hard COVID-19 will hit people and hospitals in the state.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is warning that the outbreak in the state could reach its peak as soon as two weeks from now rather than the previously projected 45 days - and 26,000 people could die if the federal government doesn't help him acquire more badly needed ventilators.

"You can not buy them, you can not find them", Cuomo said.

Meanwhile, today in the Rose Garden, President Donald Trump told viewers during a Fox News virtual town hall that he wants the country "opened up and raring to go by Easter Sunday", which this year falls on April 12.

They're also exploring "splitting" each ventilator to serve two patients each, a method used in Italy.

"We're working on a common challenge", Cuomo said.

"We don't want that to be another seeding point for the rest of the country, wherever they go".

Even before states began adopting those measures last week, the pandemic had virtually paralysed parts of the US economy and upended daily life as schools and colleges closed and workplaces shuttered voluntarily or under local government orders.

After days of speculation, Automotive News today reported that Ford will partner with General Electric (GE) Healthcare and 3M to make ventilators, respirators, and face shields.

With infections rising from coast to coast, the Senate bill proposes around $130 billion for hospitals in dire need of protective gear, intensive care beds and ventilators. How can we be in a situation where you can have New Yorkers possibly dying because they can't get a ventilator, but a federal agency saying, 'I'm going to leave the ventilators in the stockpile. "I mean, have we really come to that point?"

"The federal government must distribute ventilators based on need". The number of cases is expected to continue to surge as testing expands.

"New York is definitely a hot spot, there's no question about it", President Donald Trump said Tuesday evening.

Governors from across the United States desperately sought resources for what they feared could be similar waves of the disease across the nation. "No one should think that this is going to complete the NY state budget for the year". "American industry is stepping forward", Mr. Pence said on Fox. "Four hundred ventilators? I need 30,000 ventilators", he said.

"People will say that some of (the restrictions) in place are a burden, and ye, they are burdensome", Cuomo said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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