New York: The Mayor of New York warned on Sunday that New York had moved away from the equipment needed to keep hospitals running, and compared the coronavirus pandemic to the Great Depression.
Big Apple has the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, and Bill de Blasio says the city’s hospitals are at a turning point.
“Honestly, there is a general shortage of about ten days of ventilation, surgical masks and various items required to keep the hospital system running,” Blasio told CNN.
He begged President Donald Trump to mobilize the military to stimulate the production and distribution of much-needed medical supplies.
“If we stop using more fans for the next ten days, people will die without dying. It’s that simple, “said the Blasio.
He warned that “the worst crisis is yet to come” and called this rapidly expanding outbreak “the biggest crisis in the country since the Great Depression of the 1930s.”
“That’s why we need to fully mobilize the military and we need Congress to pretend we’re on the way to the next Great Depression,” Blasio said.
He added, “Don’t forget to save the airline now. Save the people. Save the hospital. Save the cities, states and provinces. “
According to statistics from Johns Hopkins University, 27,000 people in the United States are infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus.
More than 9,000 of them live in New York City, where 60 people died.
Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters on Sunday that 114 people have died in New York State so far.
He said he asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build four temporary hospitals and commissioned existing hospitals to increase their capacity by 50%.
Cuomo added that all unnecessary surgeries will be canceled from Wednesday to make way for patients with coronavirus.
He said the state of New York needed 30,000 fans, each costing up to $ 40,000, and regretted that states competed to buy them.
“This is an uncontrollable situation,” Cuomo explained. “If we don’t get the equipment, we’ll lose lives that could have been saved.”
Peter Gaynor, head of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, responsible for the government’s response, said demand for supplies such as fans was a “global problem.”
“We work hard every day to meet these needs,” he told ABC.
Anthony Fauci, a leading U.S. infectious disease expert, said the federal government would deposit funds in New York, California and Washington.
“The funds collected will clearly be allocated to the hotspots where they are most needed,” Fossie, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CBS.