Mayor: Playgrounds may close if New Yorkers continue to flout rules

Grant Boone
March 25, 2020

"I think April is going to be a lot worse than March, and I fear that May may even be worse than April and that's just New York City", de Blasio said on Fox News' "Fox and Friends".

De Blasio said the city so far has suffered 131 deaths from COVID-19. "There are so many public servants we depend on, our first responders, transit workers, health care workers, who need their kids to be in school", de Blasio said.

An empty street in Manhattan following the novel coronavirus outbreak in NY. "Details will be announced, but one thing's for sure: Every site can and will be enforced by the NYPD and other agencies". "I do unfortunately believe the likelihood right now is that we lose the whole school year".

De Blasio is also working with state officials and the city's district attorneys to release about 100 people who are awaiting trial in city jails and around 700 people who were in jail on parole violations, the mayor said.

133 from cruise ship in Australia tested positive
However, the CDC said that researchers could not determine if transmission occurred from contaminated surfaces on the ship. Despite a number of studies , there is still no definitive timescale for how long the coronavirus can live on surfaces .

One third of all people infected in the U.S. are concentrated in New York City.

New York's mayor urged US President Donald Trump today to enforce a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus, as he pleaded for desperately needed hospital supplies. Yet the city is desperately short of medical supplies and ventilators.

The mayor also praised the federal activation of the Defense Production Act, which allows the federal government to control the production and distribution of critical supplies by private companies.

As of Tuesday afternoon, NY state accounted for almost 7 percent of global coronavirus cases, with at least 25,665 confirmed and 210 deaths. "If that doesn't come in starting this week, we will get to a point where people can't be saved who could have been saved", he said. "We must get to maximum production immediately", he added.

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