Starting Thursday, city officials hope to close "up to two streets per borough" to traffic to create alternative recreational space to city parks, which have been crowded despite concerns about the spread of COVID-19, de Blasio said at a City Hall press conference.
"If we don't get ventilators this week, we are going to start losing lives [we] could have saved", Mr.de Blasio said on CNN's "New Day".
"Donald Trump may not have been expecting this, but a lot of other people in the government were - they just couldn't get him to do anything about it". "If we don't get more ventilators people will die". Cuomo also ordered the city over the weekend to come up with a plan for enforcing restrictions on gathering in public places, which the mayor said he will do by the Monday deadline.
"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.
As of Tuesday afternoon, NY state accounted for almost 7 percent of global coronavirus cases, with at least 25,665 confirmed and 210 deaths.
The state of NY now accounts for about 5 percent of COVID-19 cases worldwide. "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 USA military".
The city's administration closed its 1,700 public schools that serve 1.1 million students on March 16 with a notice that they would reopen on April 20, but de Blasio said that will likely not happen.
"We heard the news earlier today that, for the first time, the Defense Production Act had actually been activated in the real world conditions we're talking about where it's used to guarantee that companies are producing exactly what is needed to protect the American people and those goods will be distributed to where the need is greatest", de Blasio said.