Governor Andrew Cuomo slammed 'arrogant' New Yorkers for ignoring social distancing guidelines on Sunday as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the state surpassed 15,000.
Speaking to reporters at a press conference, Cuomo described his horror at visiting New York City on Saturday and seeing parks crowded with people who have been instructed to limit contact as much as possible.
'There is a density level in New York City that is wholly inappropriate,' the governor said.
'You would think there was nothing going on in parts of New York City. You would think it was just a bright sunny Saturday.
'I don't know what I'm saying that people don't get. I don't know what they're not understanding.
'This is not life as usual. None of this is life as usual.'
Cuomo warned that the COVID-19 outbreak is on pace to last nine months and said 80 percent of the state's 19 million residents could become infected.
He revealed that he's asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to set up four hospitals within Manhattan's Javits Center as the state struggles to prepare for the expected influx in COVID-19 patients.