New York state COVID-19 cases soar past 15,000; more than France, South Korea, U.K.

by Adam Ford · Mar 22nd, 2020 1:21 pm

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Sunday that the state now has 15,168 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

The surge in infections means New York state has more confirmed cases than entire countries which are struggling to contain the pandemic, including France, South Korea, Switzerland, and the U.K.

CNBC reports:

Cuomo said he's asked the federal government to nationalize the purchase of medical equipment and has signed off on several locations to build temporary hospitals to treat coronavirus patients.

Cuomo said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will build temporary hospitals in Stony Brook, Westbury, Westchester, New York, and the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, which will contain four federal hospitals with 250 beds each.


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