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Bill De Blasio, the mayor of New York City, warned on Sunday that essential hospital supplies would be exhausted in barely more than a week, leading to the deaths of many more people.
In comments sharply critical of what he sees as a botched federal response to the escalating Coronavirus crisis, De Blasio said: “It feels like we’re on our own.”
Speaking on CNN, the mayor said: “We’re about 10 days away now from seeing widespread shortages of ventilators, surgical masks, the things necessary to keep a hospital system running.
“We have seen next to nothing from the federal government at this point. We’ve made this plea publicly, privately, letters, phone calls, very little has arrived.
“The military has not been mobilized. The Defense Production Act has not been utilized in any way I can see. Not just for New York City, New York state, for a lot of the country, it feels like we’re on our own at this point. We’re not seeing action from the federal government.”
He added bluntly: “If we don’t get more ventilators in the next 10 days, people will die.”
New York’s hospitals are dealing with a “deluge” of Coronavirus cases, the New York Times reported, with critical shortages of equipment in several boroughs including Bronx and Brooklyn. By Saturday night, hospitals statewide were already handling more than 10,000 cases.
Speaking later Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press, De Blasio said: “April is going to be a lot worse than March and I fear May will be worse than April.
“If the president does not act, people will die who could have lived otherwise.”
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