New York mayor Bill deBlasio today declared a state of emergency over the coronavirus pandemic in the city of New York. The state has already been under a state of emergency.
Mayor deBlasio said there are 95 confirmed coronavirus cases, and 42 new ones just since yesterday — testing has been severely limited, so the presumed number of actual cases is much higher.
"It is time now to declare a state of emergency in New York City," the mayor said, shortly after 4:00PM Eastern time.
"The last 24 hours have been very very sobering."
"We know this will have a serious impact on a number of businesses," concerts, and sporting events, he said in a live address. It's "gonna be a hole in our lives… but it's something we have to do."
Mayor de Blasio declares state of emergency in New York City in response to Coronavirus [I'll update with what that means exactly]
His tone has changed considerably since even this morning
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NYC: State Of Emergency declared pic.twitter.com/ruy8sCmLk1
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Mayor Bill de Blasio has just declared a State of Emergency in New York City due to Coronavirus.
No gatherings of any sort may exceed 500 people.
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BREAKING: New York City has declared a state of emergency for coronavirus outbreak, Mayor Bill de Blasio said: "The last 24-hours have been very very sobering."
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BREAKING: A state of emergency has been declared in New York City, per Mayor Bill de Blasio. https://t.co/48HCEQI8xQ
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