New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called on the federal government on Tuesday to supply ventilators, saying the state is in dire need of tens of thousands of machines to manage the coronavirus outbreak. Here's the updated geographic breakdown.
"It says 'New York Governor Cuomo rejected buying recommended $16,000 ventilators in 2015 for the pandemic, ' for a pandemic, established death panels, and lotteries instead", Trump said.
Peter Gaynor, the Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator, told CNN the Trump administration had chose to use the act because "there are some test kits we need to get our hands on". NY has nowhere near enough beds or ventilators now, Cuomo said. "Let's learn how to act as one nation".
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The death toll from COVID-19 has left people in mourning around the state. "We were looking at a freight train going across the country, now we're looking at a bullet train - because the numbers are going up that quickly".
He put the projected peak of the state's cases between two and three weeks away.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the global body, made the bleak assessment as the number of cases continued to increase across Europe and the US.
He has long warned that the case count would rise but there is now a race against the virus to prepare the city and state's hospitals for the sudden onslaught of people who are going to need urgent care.
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Speaking at a press conference at the Javits Center, which will become one of several field hospitals offering 1,000 beds to patients in Manhattan, Cuomo said the virus was moving faster than he or anyone else had anticipated it to. What am I going to do with 400 ventilators when I need 30,000? "It is spiking. The apex is higher than we thought, and the apex is sooner than we thought".
"We're looking at an apex in 14 days", he said.
But WHO chiefs say there is still time to slow the spread of the virus.
Six hundred people have died from the coronavirus in the United States, while the number of confirmed cases now stands at over 50,000, according to a tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins University. "We are helping the states to get equipment, but it is not easy".
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He said the only way there is any hope of having the equipment and supplies to meet demand in two to three weeks is if the President implements the Defense Production Act, orders companies to manufacture the items that are needed, provides capitial and directly procures the equipment and supplies.