CORONAVIRUS CASES TOP 12,000 IN NYC, mayor says 75 prisoners released from city jails

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By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Coronavirus cases in New York City jumped past 12,000 Monday as Mayor Bill de Blasio says 75 prisoners have been released from city jails.

The mayor said he will be meeting with officials later and will consider the release of 200 more prisoners.

The number of deaths neared remained at 99 and officials announced the Javits Center in Manhattan will become a massive hospital.

In total, the Javits Center will have beds for 1,000 people on the showroom floor, the governor said. 

"Besides those 1,000 units, which are designed to provide a backfill for the hospitals, to free beds in the hospitals, we'll be using these 1,000 emergency beds," Cuomo said.