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NYC Mayor de Blasio: Not Sure Virus Plateau Has Been Reached

(MSNBC/"Morning Joe")

By    |   Monday, 13 April 2020 07:56 AM

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday he isn't sure that the city has reached a plateau in its coronavirus cases, and that he's "not sure there couldn't be a resurgence."

"I think our job is to stay tough and stay focused on the approach that's working," the mayor said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "The social distancing, the shelter in place has clearly helped improve the situation."

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday that the total number of hospitalizations has dropped again, suggesting a flattening "at a terribly high level," reports CBS affiliate WLNY. An additional 758 additional COVID-19 deaths on were reported on Saturday, for a total of 9,385, Cuomo commented. 

"We have lost so many people," de Blasio said Monday. "There's real pain in the city right now. I think we should be very careful not to declare a new reality until we're sure."

Meanwhile, New Yorkers have embraced social distancing to a "remarkable degree," said the mayor, who also lauded healthcare workers in the city for how they have "held the line."

"For a few weeks, it looked like our hospital system literally could be overwhelmed and doctors, nurses, health care workers held the line," said de Blasio. "If this had been a military battle, it was as if a huge enemy force was thrown at them. They held and kept holding and are still holding."

The mayor also stressed that efforts must continue to ensure healthcare professionals have the personal protective equipment they need. 

"We have enough for this week," he said. "We do not have enough for next week. We've done better on the ventilators, thank God, because we see fewer people surging into the ICUs. For a while there, it looked like we were going to run out of ventilators. Nothing to say it's not going to be a challenge again. We have to stay focused."

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday he isn't sure that the city has reached a plateau in its coronavirus cases, and that he's "not sure there couldn't be a resurgence." "I think our job is to stay tough and stay focused on the approach that's working," the mayor...
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