On Friday morning, New York Mayor, Bill de Blasio, tweeted how grateful he is towards Tesla’s Elon Musk, who pledged to donate hundreds of ventilators to New York hospitals.
The tweet read, “I spoke with @elonmusk late last night. He’s donating hundreds of ventilators to New York City and State, including our public hospitals. We’re deeply grateful. We need every ventilator we can get our hands on these next few weeks to save lives.”
Elon Musk was born in Pretoria, South Africa and moved to Canada when he was 17. He is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and one of the significant investors in electric car manufacturer, Tesla.
According to BBC News, ventilators are important in the fight against the Coronavirus because it attacks the lungs making it hard for patients to breathe. Andre Cuomo, New York’s Governor, said the state needs 30 000 ventilators to prepare for the apex of the outbreak.
“Mr. Musk purchased 1,255 ventilators from three manufacturers – ResMed, Philips, and Medtronic – last week. He said his company would be giving all its ventilators away whether we buy them or build them.”
According to Worldometers, the United States of America (USA) currently has the highest number of Coronavirus cases in the world, which is 104 256. Within the USA, New York has the highest number of cases, which is currently 46 262. A total of 2525 patients have recovered from the Coronavirus since mid-February.