De Blasio says likely that students won't return this school year

  • De Blasio says likely that students won't return this school year

De Blasio says likely that students won't return this school year

"I can't see it", de Blasio remarked to PIX11 Morning News about schools reopening before the summer.

"I strongly believe they all should be released", de Blasio said during a press briefing.

De Blasio said he had spoken with US President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence about the city's urgent need for medical supplies to curb the spread of the virus.

De Blasio lamented that Trump's inaction has hampered the city's ability to treat its large numbers of patients.

Roughly a third of call cases in the USA are in New York City, resulting in much of the city being shut down, with all nonessential workers being told to stay home. "It's then going to be happening more and more in other parts of the country as well, and have to emphasize, our hospitals in a matter of days or weeks, depending on the hospital, are going to be stressed to the point that they cannot provide the kind of health care we're used to unless we can get them a huge supply of equipment, supplies, personnel".

"If we don't get equipment, we will lose lives we could have otherwise saved", the governor said.

The board overseeing the city's jail systems said Saturday that at least 38 people tested positive at the notorious Rikers Island complex and nearby facilities, more than half of them incarcerated men. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that has created a frantic competition among states to purchase needed supplies. "In some ways we're savaging other states. I'm competing with California and IL and Florida".

"It's going to be very hard for a lot of families", the mayor said when announcing his decision, which came after he resisted calls to close the schools over concerns that doing so would leave essential workers with no option but to stay home with their children.

De Blasio said he agreed with the surgeon general's grim prediction. "It's going to be bad this week.it's going to be worse the following week", he said. "Right now, we are a third of the cases in the country; that's going to get worse".