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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