ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that the state’s confirmed coronavirus cases are up by about 25 from Monday’s official count of 142. He didn’t give an exact figure of new patients.
Cuomo said on CNN’s “New Day” that only people in “vulnerable populations” such as the elderly and people with other health problems need to avoid air travel and large gatherings. “Those people, yes. General population, no,” he said.
The new coronavirus that has sickened thousands across the globe causes only mild or moderate symptoms such as fever and cough for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.
The number of people with the virus in New York is unknown because testing is still being done in the U.S. on a very limited basis.
Officials announced Monday that New York’s newly diagnosed coronavirus patients included the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the agency that runs the region’s major airports.
The majority of New York state’s coronavirus are linked to a cluster in Westchester County, north of New York City, but patients are spread from Long Island to the Capital Region.
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