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As New York faces coronavirus 'bullet train,' experts warn of challenges ahead

Published on March 25, 2020 1:53 AM
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With New York in a race against the "bullet train" of the coronavirus sweeping across it, public health experts warned of the challenges ahead to prevent the state from becoming the next Italy.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo painted a dire forecast for the outbreak Tuesday morning, saying that the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, was accelerating and that the state was in "desperate" need of ventilators and more hospital beds with the projected apex just 14 to 21 days away.

With cases soaring to more than 25,000, and more than 200 dead as of Tuesday evening, New York is the center of the coronavirus in the country as officials try to slow its spread by setting up field hospitals, calling on hospitals to increase their capacity and urging residents to stay home.

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"We are not slowing it, and it is accelerating on its own," Cuomo said during a news conference at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. "One of the forecasters said to me we were looking at a ...

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