Virus-related deaths surpass 670 in New York City

Virus-related deaths surpass 670 in New York City

Now, Mayor Bill de Blasio has revealed that anyone who doesn't acknowledge the social distancing practices in the city would be fined up to $500.

There is also an emergency hospital being constructed in Central Park to treat the overflow of coronavirus patients.

The state has said all nonessential businesses must close, banned gatherings and ordered people stay six feet away from each other in an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The web of private and public hospitals across the state must work together as cases mount, he said, and form a "relief valve" once downstate hospitals become overwhelmed.

'My understanding is the fines are in the range of $250 to $500'.

-As of Sunday morning there are 32,308 total cases of COVID-19 in NYC, and 678 deaths, including 161 in just the past 24 hours.

- James Dolan, the owner of the New York Knicks and Rangers, has tested positive for COVID-19. "We're going to take out tennis nets; we're going to take out soccer nets - whatever it takes".

The New York Times reported earlier this month that models from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projected that 200,000 to 1.7 million people could die and between 160 million and 214 million people could be infected.

Mayor Bill de Blasio reiterated his fears that without reinforcements the city will run out of masks, gowns and other hospital supplies by next Sunday and ventilators sooner. He says the city's numbers are staggering - and they all represent real people.

"The NYPD, Fireplace Division, Constructions Division, and everybody has been recommended that in the event that they see worship products and services happening, they are going to pass to the officers of that congregation, they are going to tell them they wish to prevent the products and services and disperse", de Blasio defined.

He added, "I don't think it's hoarding, I think it's maybe worse than hoarding, but check it out".

"If we don't get more consistent federal help in a growing crisis, there's a danger we start to lose lives that could have been saved", the New York City mayor said in an interview with CNN.

Both Cuomo and the mayor sought to reassure New Yorkers as the unrelenting crisis continues.

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