New York’s virus outlook darkens, even as Trump pushes to reopen economy

New York’s virus outlook darkens, even as Trump pushes to reopen economy, by Reuters.

The worst of the coronavirus outbreak will hit New York state faster and harder than previously thought, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday …

Cuomo’s state, home to the most populous U.S. city, is the worst hit by the outbreak …

The expected need for hospital beds in New York at the peak of the outbreak has jumped to 140,000, Cuomo said, compared with 110,000 projected recently. Only 53,000 beds are now available.

The rate of infection is now doubling every three days in New York and the worst of the outbreak, known as the apex, could arrive in 14 to 21 days, putting huge pressure on health services, Cuomo said.

A week after New Yorkers and millions of other Americans began taking shelter at home from the coronavirus, state officials and financial investors warned on Tuesday against easing restrictions too soon even though the clampdown is devastating the U.S. economy. …

Trump said on Monday he was considering how to restart business life when a 15-day shutdown ends next week, even as the highly contagious virus spreads rapidly and poorly equipped hospitals struggle with a wave of deadly cases. …

Trump told Fox News Channel that he would like to see U.S. businesses opening their doors by Easter, to be celebrated this year in mid-April. …

As President Donald Trump pressed his case for a reopening of the U.S. economy within a few weeks, Cuomo said that being too hasty to ease the limits on travel, socializing and working together would cost lives.

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The governor of New York is warning the city could become the next centre of the coronavirus pandemic, warning over a drastic shortage of ventilators.

Andrew Cuomo warned the infection rate is accelerating and with the rate doubling every three days, the state could be just two weeks away from seeing 40,000 people in intensive care.

“We are not slowing it. And it is accelerating on its own,” he said during a briefing at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Centre. “One of the forecasters said to me we were looking at a freight train coming across the country. We’re now looking at a bullet train.”

The lag between infection and symptoms showing means that the effect of a lockdown doesn’t show up on the infection curves for one to two weeks after the lockdown begins.

The Democrats now realize that Biden and Sanders are duds, and they have made a poor choice. They will try to find another candidate, and at the moment Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York, is looking good.