New York 'will run out of ventilators for coronavirus patients in six days'

New York will run out of ventilators to treat gravely-ill coronavirus patients in just six days, the state’s governor warned.

Andrew Cuomo said that if Covid-19 cases continue to rise at their current rate, his state will no longer be able to offer the life-saving equipment to critically-ill patients from next Wednesday.

Cuomo said: ‘We have a burn rate that would suggest we have about six days in the stockpile. We are taking all sorts of extraordinary measures…

‘They are very expensive and the state is broke. I have no desire to buy more ventilators, but we need what we need. If someone comes in and needs a ventilator and we can’t give it to them, they’ll die.’

The governor also explained the scramble he and other leaders face for vital equipment including ventilators, saying: ‘It is the cruelest irony that this nation is now dependent on China for the production of these products. Now you have everyone shopping China for PPE (personal protective equipment), gowns, ventilators.’

Cuomo explained during Thursday’s press conference that 13,383 people have been hospitalized with coronavirus across the State of New York, with 3,396 of those patients currently in intensive care.

New York has a total of 92,400 coronavirus diagnoses, with 2,373 people now killed by the virus across the state.

The state is the world’s current coronavirus hotspot, with Cuomo ordering mass-testing in a bid to establish the true scale of the crisis and protect those most vulnerable to serious side effects from Covid-19.

Across the US, more than 220,000 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus, with almost 5,500 people killed by Covid-19.

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