New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made a forceful call on Monday (March 30) for healthcare professionals elsewhere to help the state’s overwhelmed healthcare system battle the coronavirus, which has killed more than 1,200 people in the state.
“Please come help us in New York now,” Cuomo told a briefing at a makeshift hospital at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. “We need relief.”
Cuomo said 66,497 people had tested positive in New York, up about 7,000 from Sunday (March 29), and that 1,218 New Yorkers had died from the virus, up from the previous day’s total of 965 deaths.
The governor appealed for unity and bipartisan cooperation in the fight against the virus. He promised New York healthcare workers would return the favor to other parts of the country that might need help later.
He said he agreed with U.S. President Donald Trump that dealing with the coronavirus was akin to a war, adding: “then let’s act that way.”
(Production by: Dan Fastenberg and Hussein al Waaile.)