Coronavirus: New York cases top 20,000 as Cuomo rolls out batch of experimental drugs

The state is testing 16,000 people per day for Covid-19

Danielle Zoellner |

New York cases have topped 20,000 with testing ramping up for Covid-19, and Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state is now testing experimental drugs and treatments to help those infected.

The governor’s daily press conference on Monday included where New York state and city compares to other parts of the US for the coronavirus pandemic.

Cases in New York State rose to 20,875 positive for Covid-19, which is up 5,707 people from the previous day. Of those 20,875 cases, more than 12,000 are in New York City alone. Also, 157 people have died from the virus. This compares to the more than 35,000 cases confirmed nationwide, with New York making up the majority.

The sharp increase in New York cases comes as the state is testing about 16,000 people per day, a higher amount per capita compared to that of South Korea.

Mr Cuomo has pushed for New York state to aggressively test New York residents given how densely populated people in places like New York City are compared to the rest of the US.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.