Published: Wed, March 25, 2020
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

NYC schools unlikely to reopen this year, de Blasio says

NYC schools unlikely to reopen this year, de Blasio says

"But I want to make very clear that I'm making the ultimate decisions, taking in the advice from all these different sources and doing what I think is the right thing for this city", de Blasio added.

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.

The Mayor said his administration is trying to reach more students every day and is getting a lot of help from the private sector.

Mayor Bill de Blasio finally announced plans Tuesday afternoon to open streets for pedestrians in a bid to reduce parks crowds during the coronavirus pandemic - two days after Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave him 24 hours to do so.

New Yorkers may still go outside their homes to pick up groceries or exercise but must stay 6 feet away from anyone who isn't a member of their household.

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Croatia's Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic is urging people to remain calm and keep social distancing. Many people said they can not worry about the virus when they are not sure if they are safe at home.

De Blasio said that inmates charged with sexual assault or domestic violence will not be eligible for release and that prisoners must have at least five pre-existing health conditions and less than a year remaining on their sentence.

"I say 'at least, ' because that number may have to grow in the near future as we continue to lose revenue and see massive new expenses because of this crisis", he continued. "The only force I think that can keep up with the need to constantly move supplies and equipment where they're needed and doctors, nurses, other medical personnel where they're needed is going to be the US military".

More than 9,000 of those cases were in New York City.

New York, the epicentre of the outbreak in the United States, has more than 15,000 cases - 5 per cent of the world's total. "If that doesn't come in starting this week, we will get to a point where people can't be saved who could have been saved", he said.

"But at the trajectory we're on now, I can't see it".

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