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Governor Cuomo orders state hospitals to increase capacity by 50 percent.

To address the imminent influx of patients infected with coronavirus in New York, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said Monday morning that he would issue an emergency order requiring hospitals to increase capacity by at least 50 percent.

The order was a mandatory directive from the state, Mr. Cuomo said, adding, New York City Time News “I don’t think it’s unreasonable to say try to reach a 100 percent increase, but you must reach a 50 percent increase.”

New York now represents nearly 6 percent of global cases and Mr. Cuomo’s order followed a string of increasingly urgent measures to suppress the spread of disease. Still, on Monday, Press Release Distribution Service the governor also began to speak about taking steps to pivot to a more functional economy.
“I take total responsibility for shutting off the economy in terms of essential workers,” he said. “But we also have to start to plan the pivot back to economic functionality. You can’t stop the economy forever.”

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