The mayor rejected criticism that his answer was behind the curve, adding that “if the country had the necessary tests, this could have been a different reality.”
“Apart from this concern, I won’t focus on travel advice,” added de Blasio. “I want to know when we will get the ventilators and PSA [personal protective equipment] and the doctors and nurses to save lives here in New York that would otherwise be lost, because that’s the standard. “
The city had enough supplies until April 5, except for fans, he said. By that date, De Blasio also requested more doctors, nurses, and military personnel.
“We are talking about a sharp escalation,” said the mayor. “We now have nearly 30,000 cases, over 500 deaths already. We are over a quarter of the cases here in New York City.”