Coronavirus spreading in New York like ‘a bullet train’

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has pleaded for medical supplies, warning Covid-19 is spreading in his state faster than “a bullet train”. “The apex is higher than we thought and the apex is sooner than we thought,” Mr Cuomo told reporters on Tuesday. He said the federal government was not sending enough equipment to combat the crisis, noting the state needs 30,000 ventilators. New York now has over 25,000 confirmed virus cases and at least 210 deaths. The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday the US could become the new epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic. “We are now seeing a very large acceleration in cases in the US. So it does have that potential,” WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris said. Mr Cuomo’s warning comes as President Donald Trump suggested having the US back in business by early next month.