New York confirmed cases passes 20,000

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces updates on the spread of the coronavirus, during a news conference in the Red Room at the state Capitol Friday, March, 20, 2020, in Albany, N.Y. (Photo/Hans Pennink) nypostinhouse

New York governor Andrew Cuomo says the state now has 20,875 confirmed Covid-19 cases, including 5,707 cases confirmed today.

Of those cases, 13% have needed to be cared for in hospital, around a quarter of whom are in intensive care.

There have now been 157 coronavirus deaths in the state.

In a press conference on Monday morning, Cuomo said he will sign an emergency order instructing all hospitals to increase their bed capacity by 50%, and also request that hospitals try to expand their bed capacity by 100%.

He says the state currently has a 53,000 bed capacity, which needs to be doubled according to recent projections to 110,000.