“It’s bad news, it’s tragic news, it’s the worst news but it’s not unexpected news either,” he said, attributing the sharp rise to patients who had been on ventilators for more than 20 days.
New York is the United States’ most affected state; the US has the highest number of reported infections worldwide and has recorded 1301 fatalities, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.
Cuomo said the states’ schools would remain closed until April 15, an extra two weeks than initially planned.
And he announced plans to build four new 1000-bed temporary hospitals.
Possible sites to be converted include the New York Expo Centre in the Bronx, the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal and the College of Staten Island.