New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that China is facilitating the shipment of 1000 ventilators to his state, as he continues to shop for more of the lifesaving devices ahead of a growing number of coronavirus patients who are expected to need them.
The number of people infected in the US has exceeded a quarter-million, with the death toll climbing past 7,000; more than 3500 of those deaths are in New York state. Gov Cuomo said the ventilators from China were expected to arrive Saturday (local time).
Gov Cuomo has also is also looking for ventilators closer to home, and has issued an order that forces even private hospitals in the state to redistribute ventilators to the hospitals most in need.
Governors across the US have been desperately pleading for more supplies – particularly ventilators – and shopping global markets as they try to keep their states safe, as the Trump administration has limited access to a federal stockpile that’s dwindling fast.
Gov Cuomo had said that his state’s stockpile of ventilators would be exhausted in six days if the number of critically ill coronavirus patients kept growing at the current rate.
As of Saturday, more than 15,000 coronavirus patients were hospitalised in New York, and more than 4100 were in intensive care.
Gov Cuomo said Saturday that New York at one point made purchase orders for 17,000 of the breathing machines, but only 2500 came through.
“I want this all to be over,” Gov Cuomo said.
“It’s only gone on for 30 days since our first case. It feels like an entire lifetime.”
As the number of people infected has grown to more than 1.1 million worldwide, healthcare systems are straining under the surge of patients.
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