Coronavirus killed more people across New York in a single day than ever before — and the worst is yet to come, Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned Saturday.
The state’s death count surged past 3,500 — including nearly 2,000 in New York City — “an all-time increase” of 630 lives lost in a 24-hour span, Cuomo said at a morning briefing.
The number of infected across the state jumped by close to 11,000 to over 113,000 — with over 63,000 of those in the Big Apple, which accounts for over 1,900 deaths.
But as troubling as the numbers are, the “apex” of the crisis — the point where the numbers hit their peak, and then begin to decline — remains about a week away, the governor said.
“I call it the battle of the mountaintop because that’s what it’s going to be,” Cuomo said.
“I want to get on the other side of that apex, and just slide down that mountain.”
Current mathematical models project the apex as anywhere from four to 14 days away, but regardless, “we’re not yet ready for the high point,” in terms of beds, staff, and equipment, including ventilators, he added.
President Trump promised welcome relief Saturday — 1,000 military doctors and nurses who will help treat the sick of New York City, where the streets remained hauntingly empty, lined with boarded-up businesses.
Still, Trump went on: “This will probably be the toughest week, between this week and next week,” the president said, as the number of US coronavirus cases topped 305,000, and the total national death toll climbed beyond 8,300.
Meanwhile, just 14,520 people have officially recovered nationwide.
“There will be a lot of death, unfortunately,” the president warned.
The mounting deaths are causing a backlog at area crematories, requiring family members who couldn’t even be at their loved-ones’ bedsides to wait ten days or more for remains.
“I’ve never seen anything like this,” said John Vincent Scalia, whose Staten Island funeral home has seen 19 COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, and counting. “We handled 50 World Trade Center funerals, but I’ve never been through anything like this.”
The city remains hardest hit statewide — the epicenter of the epicenter — but a surge is being seen on Long Island.
Nassau has more than 13,000 cases, a 1,300 jump from Friday.
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