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New York’s total number of coronavirus confirmed cases had a startling jump from 10,356 on Saturday to 15,168 Sunday—it’s up by 4,812—an almost 50% increase which the state had attributed to the significant increase in their testing. It went up to over 20,000 last time we checked. The surge of COVID-19 cases in New York State means that they now have more infections than France (currently at 14,485) or South Korea (8, 897 cases). According to New York Times, New York accounts for “roughly 5% of coronavirus cases worldwide.”

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York reiterated that younger people can get infected. In fact, 53% of their state’s total cases are aged 18 to 49 and over 9,000 of these 15,168 cases were in New York City alone. Further, Gov. Cuomo assured that “New York is testing more people than any state in the country and, per capita, more than any country in the globe” and that they have tested 61,000 people so far. 

He also reminded people to observe social distancing because “this is not life as usual,” relating that he saw a park in New York City full of people yesterday and called their behavior “insensitive,” “arrogant,” “self-destructive,” and “disrespectful to other people.” Mr. Cuomo stressed that, “This is not a joke and I am not kidding.” He added, “I don’t know what I’m saying that people don’t get.” Watch him speak below during his brief on coronavirus pandemic with the media.

Mr. Cuomo said that New York City must develop an immediate plan within 24 hours to correct the density problem in public spaces like parks. Further, he revealed that “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.”

More importantly, Mr. Cuomo warned New Yorkers that the COVID-19 crisis is not a short-term situation. He explained that the crisis could last for as long as four, six, nine months and that 40% to 80% of New York State’s population could get infected with coronavirus and all they are trying to do is slow down the spread.

Mr. Cuomo advised people not to overreact however, and urged them not to panic, saying that while it will be hard, it will be okay because there will be food and all essential services will be maintained. “There’s not going to be chaos, there’s not going to be anarchy,” Mr. Cuomo assured, “Life is going to go on.”

According to Johns Hopkins’ Coronavirus Resource Center, USA now have a total of 44,183 cases as of this writing and 544 deaths.

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