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Trump says 1,000 additional military personnel to deploy to NY

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President Trump said 1,000 additional military personnel are being deployed to New York to help the city manage the coronavirus outbreak. 

“At my direction, 1,000 military personnel are deploying to New York City to assist where they’re needed the most,” Trump said at a White House coronavirus task force briefing Saturday. “That’s the hottest of all the hot spots.”

When asked, Trump said that number is subject to increase and that although there aren’t plans in place to expand military personnel in other parts of the country, it’s possible they could be sent to places with increased cases. 

“We may add to the 1,000,” Trump said. “New York will be getting about 1,000 medical military because that’s what they need.”

On Friday, Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirmed that the Pentagon is looking at the possibility of treating coronavirus patients aboard the USNS Comfort docked in New York City.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Saturday said deaths in the state have surpassed 3,500, an increase of 630 in one day. He also reported 10,841 new coronavirus cases since Friday, a record one-day jump, pushing the total number of cases to 113,704.

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