© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks before stacks of medical supplies at a press conference at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center that is partially converted to a makeshift hospital during the corona outbreak
(Reuters) – New York governor Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday he had postponed the state presidential primaries on April 28 to June 23, as the number of coronavirus cases increased to 52,318 and the death toll to 728 had risen.
"We have been behind this virus from day one. We are waiting to see what the virus does," Cuomo said at a press conference. "You don't win on defense. You win on offense. You have to be one step ahead."
The governor has become a leading national voice in the coronavirus pandemic, with the state causing approximately a third of US deaths and half of the known cases.
Cuomo said he asked pharmacies to bring medication home free of charge. He also said President Donald Trump has approved the construction of four additional temporary hospital locations in New York City and added 4,000 hospital beds.
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