NY governor says social distancing slowing coronavirus

A woman crosses a nearly empty Park Avenue in midtown Manhattan during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease in New York

A woman crosses a nearly empty Park Avenue in midtown Manhattan during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease in New York

As New York continues to deal with a daily rise in coronavirus cases, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a plan to fight social density issues by closing streets and banning contact sports.

He said: "We need federal help and we need the federal help now. But we need the House to make adjustments".

Mr. Cuomo delivered a stark message Tuesday from a New York City convention centre being converted into a makeshift medical centre. "In reality, in my opinion, no government Task Force would be empowered to recommend the state spend 1/2 a billion dollars on something that there was no immediate need for".

Asked about Trump's claims by a journalist at his Wednesday morning briefing, Cuomo said, "that's not the fact and you know it.

Reduce the number of cases coming into hospitals, slow the number coming into hospitals, that's what Dr. [Anthony] Fauci is talking about every day", Cuomo said. But New York didn't prepare for a pandemic as serious as the 1918 Spanish flu, nor did the federal government or anyone "in the world", Cuomo added.

The state has reported 285 deaths and roughly half the country's reported infections. So far, the results are not encouraging.

"We're not slowing it, and it is accelerating on its own", Cuomo said.

"We were looking at a freight train coming across the country - we're now looking at a bullet train", the governor said, repeating a comment he said originally came from one of his state's health forecasters.

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Schumer said Cuomo's appraisal of the bill isn't taking into account large swaths of the bill that put money directly in the hands of New Yorkers. If the latest projections prove accurate, the state will have to find even more hospital beds now.

The state also desperately needs ventilators, to help people breathe after their lungs have been compromised by COVID-19. It has 10 times the problem that California has, 10 times the problem that Washington State has. You can find the equipment. "Every state is trying to get them; other countries are trying to get them".

They're also exploring "splitting" each ventilator to serve two patients each, a method used in Italy. "It is clear that we must dramatically increase the hospital capacity to meet that highest apex". However, several private companies including Ford, 3M and GE Healthcare teamed up this week to help speed up the production of personal protective gear for health care workers and to manufacture ventilators. The federal government sent 4,000. While the group looked at the possibility of stockpiling, it determined that in a case surge there would still likely not be enough ventilators or staff to use them. Local authorities have warned that hospitals in the Mississippi River port city could reach the point of collapse by April 4. "I'm not minimizing it, but it's going to be OK. I mean, have we really come to that point?"

The ventilators should be deployed around the country as they are needed, Cuomo said.

Though New York has by far the most United States cases, other hot spots have been worrying experts in recent days, according to CNN: Louisiana, which reported no cases 10 days ago, now has at least 1,388 cases and 46 deaths.

Cuomo warned that the coming months would be hard, but that New Yorkers would, of course, endure. The report was recently resurfaced by Betsy McCaughey, a former lieutenant governor of New York and supporter of Trump since 2016, who wrote an op-ed about it in the New York Post.

"If we don't knock this thing down, our health care system can not handle this strain if it comes on too fast", he said.

The governor said his state will not be the only one with a dire need for ventilators and other key resources. "What happens to NY is going to wind up happening to California, and Washington state and IL. Four hundred ventilators? I need 30,000 ventilators", he said.

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