New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has made a desperate plea to President Donald Trump, telling reporters that the state's COVID-19 cases are doubling each day.
"We haven't flattened the curve, and the curve is actually increasing," Cuomo said at Tuesday's press conference inside Manhattan's Jacob Javits Convention Center.
The center has temporarily been converted into a field hospital to cope with the overflow of coronavirus patients in the city.
"Those are troubling and astronomical numbers," Cuomo continued. "New York is the canary in the coal mine. New York is going first. We have the highest and the faster rate of infection. What happens to New York is going to wind up happening to California and Washington state and Illinois. It's just a matter of time."
Currently, there are more than 25,000 coronavirus cases in New York as of today, but the number could just be a drop in the ocean as the mayor predicts that the number will peak in 2-3 weeks.
“One of the forecasters said to me we were looking at a freight train coming across the country. We are now looking at a bullet train,” he said.
During the conference, he also tore into FEMA for sending New York 400 ventilators when New York needs at least 30,000. "You pick the 26,000 people who are going to die because you only sent 400 ventilators."
The state has been shut down for over a week, but even as residents stay home, residents continue to test positive for COVID-19.