COVID-19 hospitalizations have surged in New York by almost 80 percent in the past four weeks, as the state battles a second wave of infections.
The shocking news was revealed Sunday, following confirmation that more than 1 million residents have now tested positive to the deadly coronavirus.
That number is likely to be far higher, given that widespread testing was not available when the state was rocked by the first wave of infections in the spring of last year.
New York state was the global epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic during that time, before infection rates began to fall at the start of summer.
However, the state is now entering a deadly new phase, with deaths, new cases and the overall positivity rate increasing along with the number of hospitalizations.
Gov. Cuomo confirmed that, as of Saturday, 7,963 New Yorkers are being treated for COVID-19 in the hospital.
That is a significant increase from the 4,442 who were in hospital back on December 5.
On Saturday, 138 people across the state died from COVID-19 – an increase of almost 150 percent on the number clocked exactly four weeks earlier.
More than 30,000 New Yorkers have now died from the virus.
Gov. Cuomo is anticipating the numbers could get worse, as case numbers could further surge following the end of the holiday season.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Andrew Court