NYC Mayor de Blasio: Hospitals Will 'Go Broke' Without Bill's Help

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According to New York City Chancellor Richard A. Carranza, the administration recently gave 25,000 laptops and tablets to children from low-income families but there are still 275,000 in need.

New York, the largest and most densely populated city in the United States, has rapidly become the epicenter of the nation's coronavirus spread.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said there were more than 12,000 people with confirmed cases of coronavirus in the city, and about 13% of positive cases require hospitalization.

"We're about 10 days away from seeing widespread shortages", Bill de Blasio said.

He said he's working to help seniors get their diplomas.

"I strongly believe they all should be released", de Blasio said during a press briefing.

"If the president doesn't act, people will die who could have lived otherwise", de Blasio said.

Last week, the mayor's office said New York City needs 45 million surgical gowns, coveralls, gloves, and facemasks by early April to ensure its health care system can deal with coronavirus-related issues.

But the numbers should be treated with caution given the surge in testing across the state of NY.

Warnings of such shortages have reverberated across the country as other state governors have pleaded with the federal government to make more supplies available. I'm trying to buy masks. "It's only getting worse, and in fact April and May are going to be a lot worse".

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.

De Blasio added that the situation will evolve and more details will be announced soon. "Right now, we are a third of the cases in the country; that's going to get worse".



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