Published: 2020-03-24 18:52
Last Updated: 2020-03-24 18:53
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo warned Tuesday that the COVID-19 infection rate in New York is accelerating and the state could be as close as two weeks away from a crisis that projects 40,000 people in intensive care.
Hospitals now have only 3,000 intensive care unit beds statewide.
Cuomo says the rate of new infections is doubling about every three days. While officials once thought the peak in New York would come in early May, they now say it could come in two to three weeks.
“We are not slowing it. And it is accelerating on its own,” he said during a briefing in New York City.
“One of the forecasters said we were looking at a freight train coming across the country. We’re now looking at a bullet train.”
There were 25,665 positive cases in New York state and 183 deaths when this article was published.