New York – The number of those infected with COVID-19 in New York State, the global epicenter of the pandemic, stands at 113,704. This represents 10,841 more cases than yesterday, while the number of deaths reached 3,565, 630 more than on Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this Saturday, predicting that the peak of infections will take place in the next seven days.
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In his daily press conference, Cuomo explained that the largest number of cases continues to be concentrated in New York City, with 63,306, which is 6,147 more than yesterday.RELATED
He also explained that the number of hospitalizations and admissions in intensive care units continue to increase.
In total, there are 15,905 people hospitalized for the coronavirus, 1,095 more than yesterday and 4,126 patients in intensive care, which is 395 more than this Friday.
On the other hand, the governor wanted to highlight that 10,478 people were discharged since the outbreak of the pandemic, 1,592 patients between yesterday and today.
“I would like this to end, it was only thirty days after the first case, but it seems like a lifetime,” said Cuomo, who called the situation “almost unmanageable.”
In his speech, the governor also pointed out that according to his reading of the most recent projections, he expects that the peak of the contagion curve, which will represent “the greatest challenge for the health system”, will take place in the next seven days.
“We are approaching the peak, depending on the model used, we are at 4, 5, 6, 7 days, although some extend it up to 14 days, but our reading of the projections is that we are somewhere near the range of seven days, “the governor said before stressing that New York is not yet ready to deal with it.
In this sense, he explained that there are already 85,000 health workers (22,000 from other parts of the country) who have volunteered to face the pandemic, adding that he will issue an order for medical students whose graduation is scheduled to begin practices.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last night that he reached an agreement with JetBlue and United Airlines to offer free round-trip flights to medical personnel volunteering to deal with the pandemic in NY.
“Our healthcare workers are heroes and right now they need reinforcements to save as many lives as possible. I urge all medical professionals across the country to come to New York to help us win this fight,” said De Blasio .
In his speech today, Cuomo announced that the Chinese government donated 1,000 respirators to the New York state and that the state of Oregon sent another 140.
The governor also recalled that New York is the region with the highest number of infected people registered in the United States, where the total number inexorably approaches 300,000, followed by neighboring New Jersey, with 29,859; Michigan with 12,670 and California with 12,569.