New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has pleaded for medical supplies, warning that Covid-19’s peak within the state are going to be worse than anticipated.
“The apex is above we thought and therefore the apex is before we thought,” Mr Cuomo told reporters on Tuesday.
He said the federal wasn’t sending enough equipment to combat the crisis, noting the state needs 30,000 ventilators.
New York now has over 25,000 confirmed virus cases and a minimum of 210 deaths.
“We need federal help and that we need the federal help now,” Mr Cuomo said.
“New York is that the canary within the coalpit , ny is occurring first, what’s happening to ny will happen to California and Illinois, it’s just a matter of your time .”
The governor blasted the 400 ventilators sent to ny from the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema).
“Four hundred ventilators? i want 30,000 ventilators. you would like a pat on the rear for sending 400 ventilators?… You’re missing the magnitude of the matter .”
New York currently has 7,000 ventilators, Mr Cuomo said.
The state is additionally looking into creating more healthcare space, possibly by turning dormitories and hotels into makeshift hospitals.