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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo noted that more than 9,000 people are currently hospitalized with coronavirus.

“What’s happening in New York is not an anomaly,” Cuomo warned, reitering that the state’s situation is a “canary in the coalmine” for other regions of the country.

The governor said he hopes New York can share lessons about this new virus that will be instructive to other states as they combat the pandemic.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo kicked off his press conference a little early, addressing reporters as the number of coronavirus deaths in the state rises.

Cuomo opened his remarks by noting today is National Doctors Day and thanking the medical professionals who are putting themselves in harm’s way to treat patients.

Cuomo is speaking from the Javits Center in New York City, which has been converted into a hospital and will begin receiving patients today.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will hold his daily press conference in about 20 minutes.

The governor, who has become one of the most recognizable faces of the US response to coronavirus, was on hand for the Navy hospital ship Comfort’s arrival to New York earlier today.

Italy’s rates of new coronavirus cases and ICU admissions appear to be on the decline, providing some much-needed good news to the country that has been most devastated by the pandemic.

Italy is still reporting several hundred deaths a day linked to the virus, but experts say that statistic will likely be the last one to improve.

A second United States Capitol Police officer has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus.

The USCP confirmed yesterday that an officer had tested positive and has been in quarantine since March 18.

“The USCP has contacted employees in order to identify individuals who may have been in close contact with the affected employee,” a spokesperon told the Hill.

“The Department has taken, and will continue to take, all the necessary steps to ensure that any affected work areas or facilities were properly cleaned.”

The Capitol will be closed to the public until May 1, but many lawmakers, staffers and reporters were still reporting to work last week, raising concerns about spreading the virus.

The cancelation of Capitol tours has been extended until May 1, according to a new statement from the House Sergeant at Arms and Senate Sergeant at Arms.

The tours were originally scheduled to resume Wednesday, but that timeline seemed unlikely to hold, considering Trump has extended federal social distancing guidelines through April.

“We are taking this temporary action out of concern for the health and safety of congressional employees as well as the public,” the statement said. “We appreciate the understanding of those with planned visits interrupted by this necessary, but prudent, decision.”