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New York's Cuomo wants $40 million to respond to new virus

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Posted at 2:16 AM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-27 02:16:29-05

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s governor is asking state lawmakers to approve spending $40 million to respond to the threat of the COVID-19 virus.

New York City has set plans that include making as many as 1,200 hospital beds available.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday the state has had no confirmed cases of the new virus, but officials are waiting for test results regarding one person in Nassau County.

In separate news conferences, he and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio stressed efforts to get ready for a potential outbreak of the fast-spreading virus. It emerged in China and has infected more than 81,000 people globally.