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Italy virus cases soar again; NY eyes temporary hospitals

Virus Outbreak New York
Posted at 1:00 PM, Mar 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-21 15:00:57-04

NEW YORK — The coronavirus pandemic is taking an increasingly bleak toll in the U.S. and Europe.

The virus produced staggering caseloads in New York and Italy and set off a desperate scramble to set up thousands of additional hospital beds at convention centers and college campuses. Italy announced 793 new deaths and 6,557 new cases.

More than 60 percent of the latest deaths occurred in the northern region of Lombardy, where hospitals have been reeling.

In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says state officials are scouring the globe for desperately needed medical supplies as confirmed coronavirus cases soar above 10,000 statewide.

The state is reviewing four possible locations for temporary hospitals.