Trump questions New York’s request for 30,000 ventilators

Mar 27, 2020 10:25 PM ET

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump interviewed the New York government. Andrew Cuomo’s call for 30,000 to cope with an expected increase in patients in the coming weeks.

“I don’t think you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators,” Trump told Fox News presenter Sean Hannity on Thursday. “You know, you go to big hospitals, sometimes they have two ventilators. And now they suddenly say: ‘Can we order 30,000 ventilators?’”

Cuomo said he needed “at least” 30,000 ventilators to peak the outbreak in his state in a few weeks.

New York was at the epicenter of the crisis in the United States. It had 39,140 confirmed coronavirus cases and 461 deaths on Friday morning, according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard.

The state has only about 4,000 ventilators needed to make breathing easier for patients fighting a respiratory virus. According to Cuomo, the state is converting some anesthesia devices into ventilators and adding a second tube to some ventilators, which is known as “splitting”.

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United states President Donald Trump pauses as he speaks during a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic on March 24, 2020 in the White House press conference room.

“We’re still working with the federal government to find more ventilators, but that’s our biggest challenge,” Cuomo said Wednesday.

Trump quoted Cuomo’s request and said to Hannity, “Thirty thousand? All right. Remember. You know you’re going to hospitals, you’re going to have one in a hospital. And now everyone is suddenly asking about these huge numbers.”

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