Most of the cases and deaths have been in New York City, an emerging worldwide hotspot in the outbreak.
During White House press briefings on the administration's response to the outbreak, which has infected more than 43,000 individuals and killed more than 500 in the US alone, Trump has routinely been corrected by his health officials on everything from the timeline for a coronavirus vaccine to the efficacy of drugs to treat the illness. It will also need many more intensive care unit spots: NY now has around 3,000, but the new projections say that at the height of COVID-19's outbreak in NY, the state could need space for 40,000 people to be in intensive care at the same time. "The new projection suggests that the number of hospital beds needed could be as high as 140,000", Cuomo said during a briefing at the Javits Convention Center on Tuesday, where the Army Corps of Engineers has commenced the building of a field hospital.
The state also desperately needs ventilators, to help people breathe after their lungs have been compromised by COVID-19.
"There are two different types of facilities [at the Javits Center]", Cuomo said during Tuesday's press conference. They tried anything, they tried it over and over, they've been doing it since he got in.
California Governor Gavin Newsom, who has warned that the nation's most populous state would also soon be desperately short of hospital beds, has closed parking lots at state-owned beaches and parks after seeing surfers and others disregarding stay-at-home rules.
"It's hard to perform, it's experimental", Cuomo said.
The Trump task force is urging anyone who has been in the NY area to self-quarantine for 14 days to ensure that the virus does not find new seeding spots in the community.
New York now accounts for 31 per cent of people succumbing to COVID-19, according to data from Birx and New York Governor Cuomo. Then we will deploy it to the states that come after us.
De Blasio's claim about the city a total population of 8.6 million was also in contrast to New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo's statistics that the rate of increase in cases was showing signs of slowing.
"With warmer days coming, we need people to understand: if they don't follow the rules, we'll have little choice but to shut down spaces like playgrounds".
New York City will suspend Alternate Side Parking for an additional seven days, through Tuesday, March 31.
The governor said his state will not be the only one with a dire need for ventilators and other key resources. Washington state, which was the first U.S. ho tspot, now has 2,221 cases, including 110 deaths.
New York University School of Medicine announced that they are allowing students to graduate three months early to become interns and help medical staff in need.
"I will take personal responsibility for transporting the 20,000 ventilators anywhere in this country that they want", Cuomo said.