NYPost reports the rate of the coronavirus’ spread through New York State is accelerating like a “bullet train,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday, as the number of confirmed cases eclipsed 25,000.
“The rate of new infections is doubling about every three days,” said Cuomo in a press briefing at Manhattan’s Javits Center, currently being converted to a 2,000-bed hospital complex.
“We’re not slowing it, and it is accelerating on its own,” said Cuomo. “The [disease] forecaster said to me, ‘We were looking at a freight train coming across the country.
“We’re now looking at a bullet train.”
As of Tuesday morning, the Empire State had 25,665 confirmed cases, Cuomo said.
The rate has led experts to project an eventual peak demand of 140,000 hospital beds — up from the 110,000 that Cuomo had previously predicted.
The state has only about 53,000 permanent hospital beds.
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