Mar 22, 2020 - Health

De Blasio says coronavirus outbreak will be "a lot worse" in April and May

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday that "all Americans deserve the blunt truth" and that the current trajectory of the coronavirus outbreak suggests it will be "a lot worse" in April and May.

Driving the news: De Blasio ripped into President Trump for his response to the outbreak in New York City, claiming he "will not lift a finger to help his hometown." The mayor called on the military to be mobilized and for Trump to use the Defense Production Act to produce medical supplies like ventilators.

  • "The military has extraordinary medical capacity of its own that's been honed in fighting wars," de Blasio said. "They can handle any situation. ... The military is the best logistical organization in the nation."
  • "I cannot be blunt enough — if the president doesn't act, people will die who could have lived otherwise," he added.

The big picture: New York so far accounts for 12,323 coronavirus cases, or more than one-third of the reported total in the U.S., according to Johns Hopkins University data.

  • Trump announced last week that he ordered Navy hospital ships to dock in New York City and on the West Coast, but the Department of Defense said the ship destined for New York City is currently under maintenance.
  • On Saturday, Trump approved Federal Emergency Management Agency aid for New York after his administration issued a Major Disaster Declaration for the state.
  • The emergency declaration frees up funds to help recovery efforts, according to the New York Times.

Between the lines: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in his press conference that 53% of coronavirus cases in New York City are 18–49 years old.

  • He rebuked "arrogant" and "self-destructive" New Yorkers who have continued to congregate in parks on warm days, calling for an "immediate plan" from the city to strengthen social distancing.
  • "You have much less traffic in New York City because nonessential workers aren't going to work. Get creative, open streets to reduce the density," Cuomo said.

Go deeper: Illinois governor: States are "competing against each other" for medical supplies

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Trump considers quarantine for states near epicenter of U.S. coronavirus outbreak

President Trump speaks to the press on March 28 in Washington, DC. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images

President Trump said on Saturday he is considering a "short term" quarantine of New York, New Jersey and parts of Connecticut — areas congruent with the New York metro area, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus in the U.S.

Reality check: These states have already taken steps to quarantine residents and promote social distancing to combat COVID-19. The governors of New York and New Jersey issued statewide stay-at-home orders last week, and non-essential businesses in Connecticut were ordered to close as of this Monday.

Cuomo: Trump's mandatory quarantine comments "really panicked people"

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a press conference Sunday that President Trump's unexpected Saturday announcement of a possible "short-term" quarantine of New York, New Jersey and parts of Connecticut to curb the spread of the coronavirus "really panicked people."

Why it matters: Though Trump ruled out the mandatory quarantine later that day, Cuomo said people still called "all night long" asking about the comments and many likely fled the New York area — possibly spreading the virus further.

Go deeperArrowMar 29, 2020 - Health

U.S. coronavirus updates: Death toll tops 3,000

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The U.S. death toll from the novel coronavirus surpassed 3,000 late Monday.

The state of play: There were more than 164,000 confirmed cases in the U.S. early Tuesday — more than any other country in the world, per Johns Hopkins data. The COVID-19 death toll stood at 3,170. The number of recoveries had risen to more than 5,900.

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