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22 Mar, 2020 15:59

Coronavirus surges in New York as 4,800 new cases recorded, death toll hits 114

Coronavirus surges in New York as 4,800 new cases recorded, death toll hits 114

The number of people infected with the Covid-19 illness in New York has dramatically surged with 4,800 new cases recorded on Sunday. A total of 15,168 people in the state are carrying the disease and 114 have died.

State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the spike on Sunday as the Mayor of New York city Bill de Blasio described the outbreak as the biggest domestic crisis since the Great Depression.

"If we don’t get more ventilators in the next 10 days people will die who don’t have to die," de Blasio said, according to the Reuters news agency.

Earlier Sunday, Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that ventilators, face masks and other personal protective equipment will be directed to New York and other states that need it most first.

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