Poll finds increased US concern over COVID-19

Friday, 27 Mar, 2020

New York State, in particular New York City, emerged as the hotspot of one of the worst public health crisis in the USA in recent memory.

After analyzing how New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been overtly criticizing the Trump management's reaction, Noah mentioned, "I can see why Cuomo is pissed at Trump".

Utility rate increases that were to go into effect on April 1 have been postponed.

In Louisiana, Governor John Bel Edwards said he was seeking a major disaster declaration for his state by FEMA. He added that the apex of the curve of rising coronavirus cases in NY is still 14-21 days away, according to the latest projections.

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"Well I hope that he's so strong that he's up way above that, because we need the help now", Biden responded.

NY is also awaiting the arrival of the U.S. Navy Ship Comfort which will give them an additional 1,000 beds.

"It's incredible that this has to be said: Letting thousands of people needlessly suffer and die is wrong".

"Very simply, we will not allow anyone to exploit the suffering of American citizens for their own profit", he asserted, warning that the Justice Department will aggressively prosecute fraudulent schemes related to the pandemic that has killed more than 15,000 people worldwide.

"We haven't flattened the curve", Cuomo said, "and the curve is actually increasing". Citing those restrictions and New York's success in becoming a leader in testing people for the coronavirus, Cuomo said, "In many ways, we have exhausted every option available to us".

Cuomo said at a news conference earlier in the day that rate of hospitalisation of coronavirus patients which was doubling every two days on Sunday, had slowed to doubling every 3.4 days on Monday and 4.7 days on Tuesday. So far, the results are not encouraging.

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"We were looking at a freight train coming across the country - we're now looking at a bullet train", the governor said, repeating a comment he said originally came from one of his state's health forecasters.

With its warmer climate, Florida is a favourite retirement spot for people from the colder northern states and 20 per cent of its population is over 65 - the age group most susceptible to COVID-19 - compared to 16 per cent nationally.

Such a surge would overwhelm hospitals, which now have just 3,000 intensive care unit beds statewide.

The state also desperately needs ventilators, to help people breathe after their lungs have been compromised by COVID-19.

Of the 30,811 New Yorkers who have tested positive, 3,805 (12 percent) are now hospitalized, and 888 are in ICU (3 percent). He added that not enough equipment was secured for three weeks later, but they were buying supplies from all around the world.

"It's hard to perform, it's experimental", Cuomo said. He said the equipment could then be redeployed to different areas once the peak passes in NY.

Cuomo, tweeted earlier today that the federal government needs to provide 40,000 ventilators to NY immediately.

New York now accounts for 31 per cent of people succumbing to COVID-19, according to data from Birx and New York Governor Cuomo.

"We thought it might get worse before it gets better and I'm afraid that we are right", Lamont told a news briefing.

New York City will suspend Alternate Side Parking for an additional seven days, through Tuesday, March 31. "New York is going first". "We're just getting there first". But Cuomo said "they're nowhere near" the number that will be needed.