Gov. Andrew Cuomo holds a press conference on coronavirus | USA TODAY

Gov. Andrew Cuomo holds a press conference on coronavirus | USA TODAY

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo holds a press conference on the coronavirus pandemic.
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President Donald Trump questioned New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s call for 30,000 to meet an expected surge of patients in the coming weeks.

“I don’t believe you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators,” Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday. “You know, you go into major hospitals, sometimes, they’ll have two ventilators. And now all of a sudden they’re saying, ‘Can we order 30,000 ventilators?'”

Cuomo has said he needs 30,000 ventilators “at a minimum” to meet the peak of the outbreak in his state in a couple of weeks.

New York has been at the epicenter of the crisis in the U.S. As of Friday morning, it had 39,140 confirmed coronavirus case and 461 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard.

The state has only about 4,000 ventilators, which are needed to help patients breathe as they battle a virus that attacks respiratory systems. Cuomo said the state is converting some anesthesia machines into ventilators and adding a second tube to some ventilators in a process known as “splitting.”

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  1. corona virus

    Very, very bad military strategy of our generals in the face of this health crisis.
    The strategy of Taiwan, Japan, China, for example, is to do systematic testing while doing containment
    The only country in Europe to have followed this strategy is Germany (which is why there are few deaths in these countries)
    The other European countries, France, Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States have chosen the strategy of containment, due to the lack of organization and means related to the lack of masks and testing.
    (there are many deaths in these countries) But for containment to be effective, it must last over time (6 months)
    The bill will be very salty, and the worst is yet to come!

  2. Alex V

    Let me tell you where we are making a BIG mistake. Obviously NYC now is the epicenter of this outbreak. They MUST close all domestic travel (besides essential travel like food and medical deliveries) to or from NYC, until they can treat their own patients or at least get it under some control. If it was up to me, I would suspend all domestic travel temporarily from state to state and let the states deal with this pandemic. No matter how good or bad Chinese are, but one thing they did right, was closing Wuhan during this pandemic. That's how they got it under control. We MUST to do the same thing. Or it is a waste of time and effort to battle this virus if people are still going from state to state infecting each other.

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