New York City is just days away from running out of essential equipment needed to keep hospitals running due to the coronavirus pandemic, Mayor Bill de Blasio warned on Sunday.
The metropolis has the largest number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the United States and Blasio said the health system is at a breaking point.
"Bluntly, we are about ten days away from the general lack of respirators, surgical masks, the things necessary to keep the hospital system functioning," Blasio told CNN.
He asked President Donald Trump to mobilize the military to help stimulate the production and distribution of necessary medical supplies.
“If we don't get more respirators in the next ten days, people who are not supposed to die will die. It's that simple, ”said de Blasio.
He warned that "the worst is yet to come" and called the outbreak "the biggest crisis in the country since the Great Depression" of the 1930s.
"This is why we need large-scale mobilization of the military and we need Congress to act as if we are on the road to the next big depression," said Blasio.
“Forget about rescuing airlines right now. Save people. Save the hospitals. Save cities, states and municipalities, ”he added.
Nearly 27.000 people have been infected with Covid-19 in the United States, according to a Johns Hopkins University count.
More than 8.000 live in New York City, where 60 people died, said Blasio.
A total of 76 people have died in the state of New York so far.
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