The death toll due to coronavirus inside the New York state only jumped to 385, with 100 new deaths recorded in a single day.
New York city has become the epicenter of the coronavirus deaths in United States as Governor Cuomo forecasts dire scenarios for the healthcare system. New York had 37,200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday morning. This was an increase of nearly 6,500 cases from the night before.
Governor Andrew Cuomo warned residents on Thursday that the state's situation was increasingly dire. Meanwhile, the death toll surged to more than 1,000 nationwide in the United States.
"Almost any scenario that is realistic will overwhelm the current capacity of the healthcare system," Cuomo said during the briefing.
The peak of the virus is expected to hit the US in about two or three weeks. Cuomo previously projected New York would need roughly 110,000 hospital beds, but now says the state would as many as 140,000.
The governor also called for increased efforts to produce ventilators, necessary medical tools to deal with severe cases of COVID-19.