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Sunday, March 15, 2020
Bill de Blasio Considers NYC LOCKDOWN as Coronavirus Cases Jump
Mayor Bill de Blasio says a New York City lockdown is "on the table" to combat the city's coronavirus outbreak. REUTERS Julia Marsh
New York City’s coronavirus cases have skyrocketed in less than a week from 25 on Monday to 269 Sunday as Mayor Bill de Blasio considers locking down the Big Apple to contain the outbreak.
“Every option is on the table in a crisis,” de Blasio said Sunday morning on CNN.
“We’ve never seen anything like this,” he said.
De Blasio expects the city’s coronavirus tally to rise to 1,000 in the next few days.
“It’s changing every hour so we’re going to constantly make new decisions,” de Blasio said about the dynamic public health emergency.
He also called on the Trump Administration to assume a war-time footing.
“We need the federal government to take over the supply change right now,” he said.
“Right now we have to make sure the places in this country that need more ventilators, surgical masks, they need hand sanitizers, that that is a federalized dynamic where those factories that produce those goods are put on 24/7 shifts,” de Blasio said.
“Right behind that is the question of food and basic supplies. If the federal government doesn’t realize this is the equivalent of war already there is no way the states and localities can make all the adjustments we need to,” he said.