NYC Mayor: 'All New Yorkers Should Prepare for Shelter-In-Place'

NYC Mayor: 'All New Yorkers Should Prepare for Shelter-In-Place'

New York's mayor said Tuesday the city's 8.6 million inhabitants should prepare for being ordered to stay at home at any moment within the next 48 hours to help contain the coronavirus pandemic.

"The balance we have to strike here and it's a very tricky one and we're all in unchartered territory together, we're concerned about all the basics of human life, we have to make sure that people have some kind of livelihood or if not work, they have some kind of direct support", he continued.

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Officials in six San Francisco Bay-area counties issued a "shelter-in-place" order that went into effect Tuesday, requiring almost 7 million residents to stay inside and venture out only for food, medicine or exercise for three weeks.

Commuters walk in a near-empty Grand Central Station Terminal on Monday morning in New York City.

Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb warned on CBS News' "Face the Nation" Sunday that if the coronavirus outbreak in New York City reaches the level it did in Wuhan, China, it would "overwhelm" the health care system.

"God bless Mitt Romney, I'm glad he's offering an idea", said de Blasio, "but a thousand dollars is not going to cut it for people if you're talking about a three-to six-month crisis. the federal government prints money".

In reality, there are doubts as to how this would be enforced: "There are so many exceptions to this quarantine, to think an officer is going to proactively stop people who are out, and go through a myriad of questions, is absolutely not realistic, San Jose police Chief Eddie Garcia told The Mercury News".

"Any blanket quarantine or shelter in place policy would require state action and as the governor has said, there is no consideration of that for any locality at this time". "I think the president was 100% honest in saying that he wanted to work together in partnership, in a spirit of cooperation".

"De Blasio said there are now 814 confirmed cases in New York City, he said, adding that 248 are in Queens, 277 in Manhattan, 157 in Brooklyn, 96 in the Bronx and 36 in Staten Island". "It is not that long before we hit 10,000 cases, that is a true statement".

The order applies to some 6.7 million people.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has some basic guidelines for sheltering in place.

As of Tuesday evening, more than 6,300 people in the United States had tested positive for COVID-19 and at least 108 people had died. The White House also recommended that Americans homeschool their children, avoid nonessential travel, and avoid bars and restaurants.

"No city in the state can quarantine itself without state approval".

Earlier, Cuomo said that any new restrictions would need to be statewide, or possibly regional, to prevent individuals from trying to relocate themselves and risk further spreading the virus.

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