New York Governor Cuomo declares state of emergency due to coronavirus as number of cases skyrockets

New York Governor Cuomo declares state of emergency as coronavirus cases rise to 76 after infected taxi driver walked in to Queens hospital and potentially infected 40 doctors and nurses

  • Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in New York on Saturday
  • 76 people in the state have now tested positive for coronavirus; up from the 44 confirmed on Friday 
  • More than 4000 people in the state have been urged to self-quarantine to prevent the spread of the disease
  • Nationwide more than 360 people have tested positive to coronavirus, and 14 people have died  

Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency in New York, with 76 residents testing positive to coronavirus

The declaration came Saturday afternoon, with the governor revealing the number of  cases in the state has almost doubled in the past 24 hours. On Friday, 44 people were confirmed to have the disease. 

‘We have now been testing around the clock,’ Cuomo stated at a press conference, revealing that the number of cases in Westchester County has skyrocketed to 57. 

23 new cases in the county have been uncovered since Friday, and all are related to the New Rochelle lawyer who was diagnosed as the state’s first case earlier this week.  

There are now also 11 cases in New York City - up seven from yesterday.  

Disturbingly, a Queens man who drives for taxi or ride-hailing services has tested positive for coronavirus after showing up to a St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in the borough on Tuesday.  

The situation has prompted 40 doctors and nurses to go into self-quarantine amid fears they have now been exposed. 

The man is now in isolation at the hospital.  

Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency on Saturday as coronavirus cases skyrocket across New York

Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency on Saturday as coronavirus cases skyrocket across New York 

 

‘The hospital will need to replace those people temporarily. They will need money to do that. They need supplies. We need to keep the health care up and running,’ Councilman Donovan Richards Jr, told The New York Times. 

Meanwhile, more than 4000 people in the state have been urged to self-quarantine to prevent the spread of the disease. 

‘When we say you are on precautionary quarantine, that is a serious situation. We expect to act in good faith and comply with it. If you do not comply with it, there are other measures that we could take,’ Cuomo threatened. 

Nationwide, at least 366 people have tested positive to coronavirus, and 14 people have died. 

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