A screenshot from the website of Coronavirus Resource Center at Johns Hopkins University shows live data of confirmed cases and death toll around the world.
New York is the hardest-hit state out of all 50 U.S. states by the coronavirus. As of Saturday afternoon, there were over 8,400 confirmed cases, out of which more than 5,600 were located in New York City. So far, 46 people have died from the virus.
U.S. President Donald Trump "declared that a major disaster exists in the State of New York" over the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced on Friday.
The disaster declaration allows federal assistance to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the coronavirus pandemic. It also makes Federal funding available for crisis counseling for affected individuals in the state.
Federal funding is also available to state, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, for all areas in the State of New York impacted by COVID-19.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday that the city is the epicenter of the COVID-19 crisis in the U.S.
Ventilators and masks are in short supply.
A hospital in the Bronx revealed it is running low on ventilators, while a doctor in Queens told the WSJ that an elderly patient with COVID-19 symptoms died on the floor of the hospital. Patients are reportedly standing in line outside the hospital, waiting to get tested.
In some hospitals, doctors and nurses were reportedly resorting to coating their masks with hand sanitizer between shifts, and some were being asked to reuse masks if they had only been with patients a short time.
Hospital workers are seen near a tent erected to test for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Brooklyn Hospital Center in Brooklyn, New York City, U.S., March 19, 2020. /Reuters
According to the WSJ, the U.S. military said it is now preparing plans to take over hotels, college dorms, and other buildings in New York State in a bid to bolster the number of hospital rooms as part of its response to the coronavirus emergency.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo said around 1,250 people, or 18 percent of the total number of infected patients in the state, were hospitalized. State officials estimated this week that the number of coronavirus cases in New York will peak in around 45 days, or early May.
A woman wears personal protective equipment as she rides the air-train at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City on Friday. /Reuters