New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Takes The Spotlight In Coronavirus Response

De Blasio Calls for Military Action In New York In Response to Coronavirus Outbreak

The coronavirus has become the biggest domestic crisis in the USA since the Great Depression, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio warned on Sunday.

"Even just a few days ago, I thought we could get safely into April", he said. "I do unfortunately believe the likelihood right now is that we lose the whole school year".

NY state has been the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis in the United States, with more than 15,000 positive cases as of Sunday afternoon.

"I will take any help from anywhere", Blasio said.

De Blasio lamented that Trump's inaction has hampered the city's ability to treat its large numbers of patients.

The board overseeing the city's jail systems said Saturday that at least 38 people tested positive at the notorious Rikers Island complex and nearby facilities, more than half of them incarcerated men. "The only force I think that can keep up with the need to constantly move supplies and equipment where they're needed and doctors, nurses, other medical personnel where they're needed is going to be the USA military". If there are ventilators being produced anywhere in the country, we need to get them to NY.

She said the shortage of personal protective equipment, or PPE, is happening across the country, not just in hot spots such as NY or Washington state.

"Right now, even though April 20 is our goal to reopen, I can't see it", de Blasio said on PIX11 Morning News Monday.

Cuomo said Monday the state has obtained more respirator masks for health care workers.

"If we don't get ventilators this week, we are going to start losing lives we could have saved".

More than 12,000 people have tested positive in the city and nearly 100 have died.

Warnings of such shortages have reverberated across the country as other state governors have pleaded with the federal government to make more supplies available.

De Blasio said he agreed with the surgeon general's grim prediction.



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