Published: Wed, March 25, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

NY governor warns COVID-19 infections 'spiking'

NY governor warns COVID-19 infections 'spiking'

Cuomo spoke from the Javits Center, which was being transformed into an emergency hospital to accommodate the swelling sick population, as doctors and nurses in the city were instructed to re-use personal protective equipment amid a dire shortage. The curve is actually increasing.

"It is spiking", Cuomo said, speaking with boxes of gloves, masks and surgical gowns stacked up behind him. "That is a bad combination of facts".

Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus deaths in Spain - the second worst-affected country in Europe - rose by 514 to 2,696, with more than 6,000 new cases. Queens had the most cases out of any borough - 4,364 - followed by Brooklyn, 4,237; Manhattan, 2,887; the Bronx, 2,328; and Staten Island, 935.

The governor warned that the efforts to contain the virus are so far falling dramatically short.

"I understand the federal government's point that many companies have come forward and said we want to help, and General Motors and Ford and people are willing to get into the ventilator business".

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

The state is also working on a new type of test to detect coronavirus antibodies in individuals who have recovered from the illness, Cuomo said.

At least 150 people have died statewide.

"No American is going to say, accelerate the economy at the cost of human life, because no American is going to say how much a life is worth". "It's not who we are".

Trump later hit back at Cuomo for "complaining". "If we don't have the ventilators in 14 days, it does no good". There are only about 50,000 hospital beds in the state now.

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Cuomo paid tribute to New York's medical workers, police, firefighters and transit workers, who are putting their lives on the line every day. Gov. Cuomo said the federal government has given the state 70,000 doses of hydroxychloroquine, 10,000 doses of zithromax and 750,000 doses of chloroquine. "Every state is trying to get them; other countries are trying to get them".

The US leader also said a clinical trial for the possible treatment of COVID-19 will begin in NY shortly, and has reiterated his belief that a combination of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and the antibiotic azithromycin could see off the disease.

A week after millions of Americans began taking shelter at home from the coronavirus, states warned on Tuesday against easing restrictions too soon even though the clampdown is devastating the US economy.

Peter Pitts, a former associate commissioner at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and president of the New York-based Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, said that ventilators - about the size of two old VCR machines - are certainly portable.

"Deal with the apex here". Cuomo said people's blood will be tested to see if they have developed antibodies to COVID-19. "Let's help each other".

Trump said he was not blaming Cuomo, however.

He portrayed himself as both a leader and a foot soldier in the pandemic fight.

"Markets will react badly because they have learned that this approach doesn't work", Axel Merk, chief investment officer of Merk Investments, said.

He grew emotional talking about how elderly people can not be "expendable" even in a harsh crisis.

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