NYC Mayor de Blasio says HALF of all New Yorkers will get coronavirus

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Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday warned that four million people in New York City will get coronavirus after attacking Donald Trump’s ‘false hope’ of lifting the lockdown at Easter and slamming Mitch McConnell for ‘blocking’ funding. 

Under the terrifying admission, half the people living in the city will get the disease, and if the current trajectory remains the same, at least 40,000 could die.

De Blasio said: ‘It’s a fair bet to say that half of all New Yorkers and maybe more than half will end up contracting this disease.’

Health commissioner, Dr. Oxiris Barbot, added: ‘We think 50 percent by the end of this epidemic, this pandemic, so by the time September rolls around likely 50 percent, but it could also be much higher.’

De Blasio also told New Yorkers  not ‘cling to the false hope’ of reopening by Easter after President Donald Trump defied expert advice and suggested that date for lifting lockdowns. 

And he slammed Mitch McConnell for ‘standing in the way’ of the funding ‘we need’ as the $2 trillion economic rescue package continued to hit snags in Washington. 

De Blasio also noted that the city now makes up a third of all cases in United States – with more than 20,000 of the total 68,000 nationwide. More than 200 people died as of Wednesday evening.  

Labeling the coronavirus pandemic ‘a growing crisis and growing challenge’ he told New Yorkers to ‘not let their guard down’. Doctors in the city have described an ‘apocalyptic’ surge in patients in overwhelmed hospitals.

De Blasio added: ‘April is going to be tougher than March, and I think at this point, May could be even tougher than April. People need to be ready for that.’ 

Dismissing the president’s comment earlier in the week, de Blasio said: ‘The notion that everything might be fine by Easter, I don’t know where on Earth that idea comes from.’

Bill de Blasio on Wednesday slammed Mitch McConnell for 'standing in the way' of the funding 'we need' as the $2 trillion economic rescue package continued to hit snags in Washington

Bill de Blasio on Wednesday slammed Mitch McConnell for ‘standing in the way’ of the funding ‘we need’ as the $2 trillion economic rescue package continued to hit snags in Washington

De Blasio warned residents to not 'cling to the false hope' of reopening by Easter after President Donald Trump, pictured Wednesday, suggested that date for lifting lockdowns

De Blasio warned residents to not ‘cling to the false hope’ of reopening by Easter after President Donald Trump, pictured Wednesday, suggested that date for lifting lockdowns

States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gives a thumbs up on Wednesday

States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gives a thumbs up on Wednesday

De Blasio had firm words for Senate Majority Leader McConnell, who he called a ‘roadblock’ and whose actions he labelled ‘immoral’. 

He said he would called President Trump directly to appeal for financial help adding: ‘Giving New York City $1 billion out of $150 billion pool. We are one-third of the cases in this country right now. Someone do the math down in Washington.

‘Less than one per cent of funding and we have a third of the cases. That is just immoral. 

He thanked Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer and said supplies from federal and state government have been a ‘ray of light’. 

US coronavirus death toll rises to 823

The coronavirus death toll has risen to 823 in the United States with more than 60,000 confirmed cases as the burdens of the pandemic continue to intensify across the country. 

New figures released on Wednesday show that New York, which is the epicenter of the US outbreak, now has 50 percent of the country’s total confirmed coronavirus cases.  

There are now more than 30,800 confirmed cases in New York and more than 17,800 in New York City alone. There are 285 deaths in New York, including 192 in the city. 

Washington state, which was initially the epicenter following an outbreak at a Seattle nursing home, now has 2,472 confirmed cases and 125 deaths.

California is reporting 2,675 cases and 59 deaths, including the first child after a 17-year-old boy with no known pre-existing conditions died.  

Texas has 1,150 cases and 14 deaths, while Florida is reporting 1,682 cases and 23 fatalities. 

But he said the goal is to have 15,000 ventilators, warning that the city was ‘a sixth of the way there’. 

Dr. Ashley Bray, 27, a medic at Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens, told The New York Times: ‘It’s apocalyptic.’ In 24 hours 13 people have died of coronavirus at the hospital, including a 38-year-old man. 

De Blasio told CNN on Wednesday: ‘We are concerned about how many people are contracting the disease. 

‘I mean, I’ve been honest with New Yorkers. Probably before this is over, half of all New Yorkers, if not more, will contract this disease. Thank god 80 per cent of them will have a very mild experience. 

‘Even a lot of the folks we’re talking about, the health care workers, if they’re younger, if they’re healthy, they’ll probably miss work a week, ten days.’

In response to the growing surge of patients at NYC hospitals students at NYU’s Grossman School of Medicine were able to graduate early to join in the fight. 

A spokesperson told TIME: ‘In response to the growing spread of COVID-19, and in response to Governor Cuomo’s directive to get more physicians into the health system more quickly, NYU Grossman School of Medicine and NYU have agreed to permit early graduation for its medical students.’

Senate leaders raced to unravel last-minute snags Wednesday and win passage of an unparalleled $2 trillion economic rescue package steering aid to businesses, workers and health care systems engulfed by the coronavirus pandemic. 

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has already said: ‘I’m telling you, these numbers don’t work.’ Cuomo said the Senate package would send less than $4 billion to New York, far short of his estimate that the crisis will cost his state up to $15 billion over the next year.

 It’s a fair bet to say that half of all New Yorkers and maybe more than half will end up contracting this disease.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio 

Armed military personnel and NYC Medical Examiner’s Office set up white tents and refrigeration trucks outside Bellevue hospital as health officials warned the city’s morgues were nearing capacity. 

Noting the military presence in the city de Blasio called the soldiers ‘real heroes’ and welcomed the ‘real boost’ they have given. 

But he also announced the city would be removing the hoops from 80 basketball courts where New Yorkers have repeatedly ignored social distancing advice. 

De Blasio also said 200 low risk inmates will have been released by Wednesday evening with more planned Thursday in his daily briefing. 

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had earlier said that new evidence suggests social distancing is ‘working’ in slowing down coronavirus, with the rate of hospitalizations slowing every day this week, but that we were ‘still on our way up the mountain’.

There are now 30,000 cases of coronavirus in the state of New York, including 17,000 in the city of New York.

Across the state, there have been 285 coronavirus deaths, including at least 192 in New York City.

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday warned that four million people in New York City will get coronavirus after attacking Donald Trump's 'false hope' of lifting the lockdown at Easter and slamming Mitch McConnell for 'blocking' funding.

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday warned that four million people in New York City will get coronavirus after attacking Donald Trump’s ‘false hope’ of lifting the lockdown at Easter and slamming Mitch McConnell for ‘blocking’ funding.

The scene at NYU Langone hospital in New York on Wednesday

The scene at NYU Langone hospital in New York on Wednesday

National Guards are seen inside the Jacob Javits Center on Monday in New York City

National Guards are seen inside the Jacob Javits Center on Monday in New York City

Members of the National Guard listen to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo as he speaks to the media at the Javits Convention Center on Tuesday

Members of the National Guard listen to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo as he speaks to the media at the Javits Convention Center on Tuesday

Armed military personnel and NYC Medical Examiner's Office set up white tents and refrigeration trucks outside Bellevue hospital as health officials warned the city's morgues were nearing capacity

Armed military personnel and NYC Medical Examiner’s Office set up white tents and refrigeration trucks outside Bellevue hospital as health officials warned the city’s morgues were nearing capacity

STATEWIDE CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWNS

In the most extreme measures to date, 17 states have ordered 100 percent of non-essential workforces to stay home to help curb the spread of COVID-19.  

CALIFORNIA

Locked down: 39.5 million 

Deaths:  67

CONNECTICUT 

Locked down: 3.5 million 

Deaths: 19

DELAWARE

Locked down: 967,000

Deaths: 0 

HAWAII

Locked down: 1.42 million

Deaths: 0

ILLINOIS 

Locked down: 12.74  million 

Deaths: 19

INDIANA 

Locked down: 6.7 million 

Deaths: 14

LOUISIANA

Locked down: 4.66 million

Deaths: 65

MASSACHUSETTS

Locked down: 6.9 million locked down

Deaths: 15

MICHIGAN

Locked down: 10 million

Deaths: 43

NEVADA

Locked down: 3.03 million

Deaths: 6

NEW JERSEY 

Locked down: 8.9 million 

Deaths: 62

NEW YORK

Locked down: 19.54 million 

Deaths: 366

OHIO

Locked down: 11.6 million

Deaths: 11

OREGON

Locked down: 4.19 million 

Deaths: 10

PENNSYLVANIA

Locked down: 12.81 million 

Deaths: 15

WASHINGTON

Locked down: 7.5 million

Deaths: 133

WEST VIRGINIA 

Locked down: 1.8 million 

Deaths: 0

The current hospitalization rate is 12 percent – a worrying figure especially given the looming ‘peak’ of cases which is expected to inundate hospitals in just three weeks. Three percent of cases require ICU. 

That means there are currently 888 people in the state of New York needing intensive care and experts say the city’s hospitals are already close to overrun.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo stressed the need for more equipment – specifically ventilators – but said the arrows were pointing in the ‘right’ direction.

‘Evidence suggests density control is working. On Sunday, the projection was hospitalizations doubling every two days.

‘On Monday, it was doubling every 3.4 days. On Tuesday, it was 4.7 days.

White House coronavirus expert Dr Anthony Fauci said Wednesday he hopes the help with ventilators ‘will be enough’. 

He told CNN: ‘Governor Cuomo is speaking about a certain period of time where he’s going to be running out. He’s now getting help with ventilators, with masks and others. Hopefully that will be enough. I think it will be.

On whether the US is going to run out of essential items, Fauci added: ‘I don’t think that’s going to happen. I don’t want to scare anybody because I believe in the meetings that I’ve been in at the task force, you’re talking about FEMA, you’re talking about other organizations that are really geared to try and help out. 

‘You’re getting private industry involved in making more of these things that we need.’

Senate unanimously passes $2 TRILLION coronavirus stimulus bill to send $1,200 to many Americans ending days of deadlock

The Senate has passed an unparalleled $2 trillion economic rescue package to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, clearing the way for the House to vote on the measure followed by President Donald Trump’s signature.

The bill passed the Senate unanimously by a vote of 96-0 late on Wednesday night after days of contentious debate and negotiations. ‘This is a proud moment,’ said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as the vote was being finalized.

The 883-page measure is the largest economic relief bill in U.S. history, and both parties’ leaders were desperate for quick passage as the virus took lives and jobs by the hour.

The package would give direct payments to most Americans, expand unemployment benefits and provide a $367 billion program for small businesses to keep making payroll while workers are forced to stay home. 

One of the last issues to close concerned $500 billion for guaranteed, subsidized loans to larger industries, including a fight over how generous to be with the airlines. Hospitals would get significant help as well.

A huge cash infusion for hospitals expecting a flood of COVID-19 patients grew during the talks to an estimated $130 billion. Another $45 billion would fund additional relief through the Federal Emergency Management Agency for local response efforts and community services.

The package is intended as relief for an economy spiraling into recession or worse and a nation facing a grim toll from an infection that’s killed nearly 20,000 people worldwide.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, asked how long the aid would keep the economy afloat, said: ‘We’ve anticipated three months. 

‘Hopefully, we won´t need this for three months.’

Senate passage leaves final congressional approval up to the Democratic-controlled House on Friday. 

House members are scattered around the country and the timetable for votes in that chamber was unclear.     

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) leaves the US Senate floor Wednesday

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) leaves the US Senate floor Wednesday 



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