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de Blasio: New York Hospitals Running Out of Ventilators

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By    |   Friday, 03 April 2020 02:39 PM

New York City's hospitals will run out of ventilators early next week as the coronavirus outbreak continues to explode, and if something isn't done fast, lives will be lost, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday. 

"I can get to Sunday when it comes to ventilators. Monday, Tuesday, I’m not sure about yet," the mayor told CNN's "New Day" host John Berman. "That’s the blunt truth, John. I’m not sure if the nation’s largest city after we have asked our federal government constantly, we’ve gone to every company we can find literally on earth that we could purchase from."

New York's leaders are "trying to create homegrown solutions," de Blasio said, and "trying to come up with every creative way and approach, but I don't know after Sunday if we're going to have what we need, and that's just the ventilators."

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday he plans to sign an executive order to redistribute ventilators from places in the state in an attempt to help, reports CNN. New York had 102,000 cases of coronavirus and 2,935 deaths, Cuomo said, and 562 people had died in the last 24 hours. 

"I'm not going to be in a position where people are dying and we have several hundred ventilators in our own state somewhere else," the governor said.

De Blasio added that the nation is fighting a war against an invisible enemy, but the country is on a "peacetime footing."

"This is just the beginning," he said. "Next week is going to be much tougher . . . there's no plan, there's no order that's been given by the commander in chief."

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New York City's hospitals will run out of ventilators early next week as the coronavirus outbreak continues to explode, and if something isn't done fast, lives will be lost, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday. 
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