New York coronavirus death toll mounts in worst day of crisis yet

New York’s coronavirus death toll surged to 3,565 Saturday, a staggering increase of 630 in the past 24 hours that’s the “worst yet,” according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who warned that the state has not even hit the apex of cases.

“By the numbers, we’re not yet at the apex, ” Cuomo said at a morning briefing, as he announced that the Chinese government will “facilitate” the delivery of 1,000 sorely needed ventilators to New York later in the day.

“We’re not yet ready for the apex either. We’re not yet ready for the high point, we’re still working on the capacity of the system, the more time we have to improve the capacity of the system, the better,” added Cuomo.

Cuomo said the apex of cases in the state is expected within four to eight days.

The total number of people infected in the state rose by a new high of 10,841 to 113,704.

New York City still has the highest number of cases by far, with 63,306, the numbers on Long Island continue to spike.

The Big Apple is down to 65 percent of the state’s cases, from 75 percent, as Long Island cases have increased. “The shift is undeniable,” the governor said.

In Nassau, there are now 13,346 cases, up 1,322, and in Suffolk there are 11,370, an increase of 1,216, Cuomo said. Long Island now accounts for 22 percent of statewide cases, up from 16 percent on March 25.

There are 15,905 people currently hospitalized. Cuomo said two-thirds of hospitalized patients have been discharged, and the total number of hospitalizations dipped yesterday.

The ventilator donations came from the foundations created by billionaire Alibaba founders Jack Tsai and Jack Ma. The Chinese government stepped up to fly the donation to JFK, the governor said.

“This is a big deal and it’s going to make a significant difference for us,” Cuomo said. Earlier he said the state had just 500 spare ventilators to deploy between hospitals.

A second shipment of 140 ventilators is heading to New York from Oregon to help battle coronavirus here, the governor said in his daily briefing. He called the donation “just astonishing and unexpected.”

“I want to thank Gov. Brown and all of the people in the state of Oregon for their thoughtfulness,” Cuomo said. “We will return it double-fold, because that’s who we are and that’s what we believe.”

A total of 85,000 health care workers have answered calls to volunteer to help out in New York, he said, including 22,000 from out of state.

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