NY to free 300 nonviolent Rikers Island inmates over coronavirus

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio left discusses the arrival of a shipment of 400 ventilators with Dr. Steven Pulitzer the Chief Medical Officer of NYC Health and Hospitals at the city's Emergency Management Warehouse Tuesday

The mayor also mentioned the city will be experimenting with closing two streets in each borough to vehicles giving pedestrians more room to maintain social distance.

"We want to identify anyone in those categories and get them released immediately", the mayor said during a news conference. "But there must be enforcement".

"Every site can and will be enforced by the NYPD and other agencies", he said."That obviously underlies our entire approach".

At a briefing in City Hall, the mayor said NY had received supplies from the state and federal governments but appealed for more funding.

The Labor Department numbers surpassed most estimates of the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits in mid-March, which ranged between one million and 2.25 million Americans out of work. About half were in NY - nearly 10 times more than any other state.

The goal of the city is to keep public spaces, like parks, open to give people a space to get fresh air and exercise, but officials continue to stress people shouldn't be hanging out and that is something they say they're still seeing.

"I'm not playing politics", the counselor to President Trump told reporters Thursday, "but you have a mayor saying, 'Look at me, I'm on the subway, go out on the town'". God bless you. You want to go for a run?

NY city is experiencing one of the worst outbreaks of coronavirus in the U.S. and experts warn that the highly infectious disease is certain to spread.



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