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

Henrietta Brewer
March 26, 2020

"I can't see it", de Blasio remarked to PIX11 Morning News about schools reopening before the summer. "It's moving so fast right now, that I can't even say that anymore", de Blasio said. "I do, unfortunately, believe the likelihood right now is that we lose the whole school year, which is really, really deeply unfortunate", de Blasio said.

President Donald Trump noted on Twitter that 400 ventilators had been sent to New York City, and de Blasio said he appreciates that the president understands how crucial the equipment is.

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

New York, the epicentre of the outbreak in the United States, has more than 15,000 cases - 5 per cent of the world's total.

The Mayor said his administration is trying to reach more students every day and is getting a lot of help from the private sector. The inmates who are being reviewed are mostly people with limited time remaining on their sentences. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that has created a frantic competition among states to purchase needed supplies.

"Everyone wants to make sure there are spaces for folks to get their exercise, to get fresh air", de Blasio said.

"Currently, when states are doing it, we are competing against other states", he said.

Cuomo also called on the federal government to direct the Army Corps of Engineers to immediately begin construction on temporary hospital sites at four previously identified suitable locations: SUNY Stony Brook and SUNY Old Westbury on Long Island, the Javits Center in Manhattan and the Westchester County Center. "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".

"It's the beginning of something that will get worse throughout April and into May, and we've got to brace ourselves and we've got to change our lives".

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