Another 332 people have died, and Governor Cuomo’s brother now has the virus.
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Topline: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a press conference on Tuesday that the number of reported coronavirus cases in the state has risen to over 75,000 people, with the number of new hospitalizations hitting a new high of 1,412 overnight, showing the state’s outbreak continues to grow as Cuomo predicted the apex could come anywhere from 7 to 21 days from now.
- New York has by far the most confirmed cases of coronavirus in the U.S., becoming the epicenter of the outbreak in the U.S. with 75,795 people infected—and more than 43,000 cases concentrated in New York City alone.
- New York’s caseload now amounts to almost half of the national total: The U.S. has 172,196 cases as of Tuesday—the most out of any country in the world.
- “I’m tired of being behind,” Cuomo said during his press conference, adding, “we underestimated this virus. It’s more powerful, it’s more dangerous than we expected.”
- “It’s been all bad news for a long time. Our whole lifestyle has been disrupted. Everybody wants to know one thing, when will it end. Nobody knows,” Cuomo said, reiterating that it wouldn’t be soon and that “there would be no Easter surprise.”
- The New York governor again openly voiced his frustration with the slow response from the federal government, criticizing FEMA for now driving up the price of ventilators even further by bidding against states: “Look at the bizarre situation we wind up in: Every state does its own purchasing,” Cuomo said. “It’s like being on eBay, with 50 other states bidding on a ventilator.”
- “Time to say to that federal government and to FEMA and to HHS (U.S. Department of Human Health and Services), you have to learn how to do your job, and you have to learn how to do it quickly, because time is not our friend,” he urged.
Crucial quote: “New York needs help now,” Cuomo again pleaded at his press conference. “I know this is a political year and everything has a political backdrop: Democrats want to criticize Republicans and Republicans want to criticize Democrats… Not now,” he urged. “There are no red states, there are no blue states. The virus doesn’t attack and kill red Americans or blue Americans, it kills all Americans. Keep that in mind.”
Big number: 75,795. That’s how many total cases New York state now has, with 9,298 new cases reported overnight. The death toll has risen to 1,550, up from just over 1,200 yesterday. Perhaps most worryingly, new hospitalizations came in at a record 1,412 people, and the number of new patients admitted to the ICU was 358—the second highest daily number so far.
Tangent: “Everyone is subject to this virus, it is the great equalizer,” Cuomo said on Tuesday. He spoke about his brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, who has now tested positive for COVID-19. The New York governor said he had spoken to Chris, who is in quarantine at home, earlier this morning, and that “he’s going to be fine.”
Key background: Governor Cuomo also spoke about ventilators again, addressing claims from critics like President Trump about whether New York does in fact need 30,000 of them to address the coronavirus pandemic: “We are paying $25,000 per ventilator and we are broke—so the last thing I want to do is buy a single ventilator I don’t need,” he said. Cuomo added that he doubts the federal government will provide any substantial financial relief to the states: “I’ve heard that one before,” he said.