Deaths from coronavirus in the United States outnumbered those from China on Tuesday, as New York City outfitted a huge convention center and tennis court center to turn them into hospitals.
By noon Tuesday, the death toll from the coronavirus in the United States was over 3,500, compared to the official count in China of 3,300.
Furthermore, CNN news anchor Chris Cuomo, brother of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, reported that he tested positive for the disease and has been quarantined in the basement of his home.
The state of New York is the most affected in the entire United States, with 1,500 deaths, the majority in New York City.
A 1,000-bed Navy hospital ship docked Monday in New York Harbor and was ready Tuesday to receive non-COVID-19 patients. At the same time, authorities erected a 1,000-bed hospital at the Javits Convention Center and another at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center, where the United States Open usually takes place.
The CNN presenter tweeted that he has a fever, chills and breathing difficulties, but that he will continue to present his program from the basement of his house. The fact made headlines because his brother, the governor of the state of New York, has been giving daily news reports on the pandemic.
On Monday, the Governor made an urgent appeal for help to health professionals to help his state and on Tuesday it was reported that some 80,000 nurses, doctors and other experts are heading to the region.
New York City was taking steps to bring 250 ambulances and 500 paramedics to help care for the sick. The city’s ambulance system is receiving some 6,000 calls a day, 50% more than normal, according to authorities.
Fire chief Daniel Nigro reported that last week was the busiest in the history of the city’s emergency system.
In Florida, the Holland America cruise company asked authorities to allow two cruise ships to disembark where the coronavirus is dead and ill, but Governor Ron Santis stated on Fox News: “We cannot risk allowing these people, who they’re not even from Florida, be deposited in South Florida and consume those valuable resources. “
Dozens of passengers on one of those cruises have shown symptoms and four have died.
Globally, around 802,000 cases of COVID-19 have occurred and some 39,000 people have died from the disease.
In most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms that disappear in two to three weeks.
In some people, especially older adults and those with underlying health conditions, it can lead to more serious illnesses, such as pneumonia, and even death. Most people recover.