NY to run out of ventilators in days, mayor says

De Blasio said the crisis- that has seen more than 8,000 cases in New York City with at least 60 deaths- will soon get worse

Enlarge Image Mayor Bill de Blasio and President Donald Trump. Getty Images

"If the president does not act, people will die who could have lived otherwise", de Blasio said. "This kind of density - we talk about social distancing - I was in these parks, you would not know that anything was going on". That is the simple fact of this matter.

Cuomo added that the FDA had moved quickly to provide NY with the supply of drugs to use in trials.

New York City is now the focal point of America's outbreak, with more than 12,000 of the nearly 40,000 confirmed cases in the United States and 100 of the nation's 477 deaths as of Monday.

He said temporary hospitals must be set up in three suburbs and announced that a medical bivouac in the Jacob Javits Center on Manhattan's West Side must be erected.

"This will be a backfill facility, where we can relieve some of the pressure and the tension from hospitals by using these beds", he said.

Dr. Peter Hotez, the dean of the school for tropical medicine at Baylor School of Medicine, told the Daily Caller News Foundation that chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine have "a lot of potential", but that "we're not going on a lot of data yet".

"If we don't get more ventilators in the next 10 days, people will die", de Blasio said on CNN. And if you don't order companies to maximize production of ventilators, surgical masks, all of the things that are desperately needed, and you don't organize that and prioritize where it's going to go, it won't happen in time - and we just have to be clear about this.

"There is no reason to believe we won't be the next Italy", Edwards said.

"It's insensitive, it's arrogant, it's self-destructive, it's disrespectful to other people and it has to stop", said Cuomo during a Sunday press conference.

In New York state, 2,635 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized - 13% of the state's total. On Monday morning, cases in New York City surpassed 10,000.

Even a 50% increase would be insufficient to handle the peak of the contagion, he said, so he is also asking hospitals to voluntarily double their capacity.

The governor said the increase of confirmed cases demonstrated the scale of testing in the state.

Hundreds of thousands of masks and other pieces of medical equipment will soon be on their way to NY hospitals to help them confront the coronavirus outbreak. "This should have been a coordinated effort by the federal government".

'We'll be following them and we hope they can do the job and I think they will. "They see this virus as an upward trajectory, as a wave that will break at one point and the question is when it happens, and what it will do to our healthcare system".

IL governor JB Pritzker warned that states were competing with each other for vital supplies.

His administration emphasized that the deployment of guard members is not martial law, but the president invoked martial language as he discussed the development.

The governor said today he has approved the locations and construction would begin right away.

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