New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that the task that the challenge posed by the COVID-19 outbreak to his state's healthcare system was "impossible," while speaking at a regular briefing on the coronavirus in Albany on Sunday.

"Having said all of that the operational challenge for the health care system is impossible because the system is over capacity. All across the board it's just over capacity," said Cuomo.

"What we are basically saying to a system is, you have to manage with the same resources that you have, same staff, an over capacity situation. And that is putting a tremendous amount of stress on the health care system," continued the governor.

He also explained that for the response to the outbreak to succeed private and state hospitals, as well as hospitals in different areas in the state, would need to cooperate to share the burdens throughout the system.

As of Sunday the state of New York, has over 122,00 confirmed cases of infected with 4,159 deaths, making it the worst affected state in the US.

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