New York City's hospitals will "start to go broke" unless supplies and personnel are made available, making passage of the Senate's coronavirus stimulus bill "crucial", Mayor Bill de Blasio warned Tuesday. "It's only getting worse, and in fact April and May are going to be a lot worse".
For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough.
The open streets will be enforced by NYPD. "People do need space to exercise". "I do unfortunately believe the likelihood right now is that we lose the whole school year".More news: Fed govt apologises for Centrelink queues
"We may get to the point in just days where we have to close the playgrounds for the duration of this crisis".
NY officials are calling for the White House to nationalize the effort to acquire more medical supplies amid the coronavirus outbreak.
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. "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 US military".More news: Intel pulls out of Mobile World Congress because of coronavirus
NY now accounts for roughly five per cent of Covid-19 cases worldwide.
"We heard the news earlier today that, for the first time, the Defense Production Act had actually been activated in the real world conditions we're talking about where it's used to guarantee that companies are producing exactly what is needed to protect the American people and those goods will be distributed to where the need is greatest", de Blasio said.
De Blasio also said that he has no plans to close city streets as part of the city's efforts to encourage New Yorkers to practice social distancing, a step Governor Andrew Cuomo suggested.More news: US Fed expands bond purchases to unlimited amount amid virus shock