“We think this crisis is going to grow through April into May,” Bill de Blasio told Good Morning America program at ABC TV channel. “And we need the president and everyone in Washington to understand that that’s just a blunt reality.”
Emphasizing that a ventilator means “someone lives or dies,” the mayor said that Trump does not look the facts of an “astronomical growth of the crisis” when he says the New York state does not need 30,000 ventilators.
“I can tell you right now we have enough supplies to get through this week and next week in our hospitals. That’s all I can guarantee,” he added.
Saying that there are nearly 2,500 ventilators in New York City, the mayor stressed the city needs 15,000 more, while the state needs 30,000.
“So we’ve got something and I’m thankful for that. But it has to keep coming,” he added.
The mayor claimed that more than half of the people in NYC will “ultimately be infected” by the disease.