But he added that projections showed that hospitalizations were now doubling every 4.7 days as opposed to every two days as was the case on Sunday. Cuomo at a state Capitol news briefing pointed to one possible early sign the restrictions might be working. "But the theory is given the density that we're dealing with, it spreads very quickly, but if you reduce the density you can reduce the spread very quickly", he said.
Why it matters: The number of cases in NY is expected to continue surging for weeks, even as President Trump suggests that parts of the country should lift social distancing restrictions by Easter - 18 days away.
"I've spoken with a number of health officials and there is a good basis to believe that they could work", Cuomo said in a press conference on Sunday.
The governor said the program is in direct response to city parks, which he admitted have become a "problem", as many individuals are not following social distancing rules, and the density of people puts them and others at greater risk of contracting the coronavirus.
She also indicated those leaving the country's most populated city could create new clusters of the virus.
According to Politico, the Department for Homeland Security has been briefed that New York City's morgues are nearing capacity because of the number of coronavirus victims.
With New York emerging as the USA epicentre of the coronavirus's spread, White House officials on Tuesday focused on the crisis in the city and the state amid their efforts to contain the virus from spreading widely elsewhere. He said 6,000 mental health professionals have also said they'll help with a telemedicine site to help people cope with stress.
While Trump has said he would like to see parts of the United States economy reopening for business by April, and see churches packed by Easter Sunday, on 12 April, New York officials have implemented extreme social distancing measures, having non-essential employees work from home, shuttering schools and only allowing restaurants to provide takeout and delivery. "And have more of a rolling deployment across the country than a static deployment - rolling deployment could work here". The three states hardest hit so far - New York, California and Washington - were given such status previously.
New York's mayor, Bill de Blasio, said: "The world we knew is gone".
The state is the hardest-hit in the USA, with more than 25,000 cases and 200 deaths, mostly centred on New York City. Just four days prior, the death toll stood at 326 people. The numbers spiked Wednesday - the deadliest day for reporting of USA cases of coronavirus - with 223 deaths reported that day alone. The ventilator is the most critical piece of equipment for an intensive care unit bed. And what they're now seeing is that the rate of cases, the rate of new infections, is doubling about every three days.
The fight against the virus, also known as COVID-19, has focused on testing and containment in the form of social isolation, because no vaccine yet exists for the virus that experts estimate is at least 10-times as deadly as the common flu. But those new facilities will only inject a few thousand hospital beds into the wider network.
"That is a dramatic increase in the rate of infection", the governor said.
He added that the most challenging point about the increasing numbers is where the numbers will apex and what is the high point of the numbers. "That is a bad combination of facts".
Only two other nations - China and Italy - have more cases of the virus, which is particularly perilous to elderly people and those with underlying chronic health conditions.