Residents of the New York City metropolitan region headed into the past week under fearful warnings from their elected leaders.

The rapid spread of the new coronavirus, which has put the area in standstill mode, would tax the city’s health-care system to the breaking point, they were told. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo spoke of the “battle of the mountaintop,” referring to a scenario in which the number of those infected would peak as hospitals struggled to keep pace.

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