CORONAVIRUS IN NYC: De Blasio says Trump 'seems to enjoy stabbing his hometown in the back'

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May 06, 2020 - 8:45 am

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Mayor Bill de Blasio took aim at President Trump at his daily briefing Tuesday, slamming him for not providing New Yorkers with additional funding as the city reported 1,189 new COVID-19 cases and 188 new confirmed deaths. 

    As of Monday evening, a total of 171,723 people in New York City had tested positive for the virus, according to data released Tuesday. New York City also reported a total of 13,724 confirmed deaths and 5383 probable deaths, bringing its combined death toll to 19,107.

    De Blasio at his briefing on Tuesday held up a copy of the New York Post featuring the headline: "Trump: We'll Be Back."

    "The president of the United States, a former New Yorker, who seems to enjoy stabbing his hometown in the back," he said. "What kind of human being sees the suffering here, and decides that the people in New York City don't deserve help?"

    "Every day, President Trump resembles Herbert Hoover, the president who ignored the great depression," he added.

    He spoke about the 311 hotline receiving 55,000 daily calls daily before the pandemic, and 200,000 calls a day during the peak in April.

    De Blasio announced that the city has trained 285 new call-takers and built out four new call centers, allowing for shorter waits and higher capacity.

    FDNY and NYPD leadership were incorporated, creating “express lanes” for coronavirus and food that have little or no wait times.

    Mayor de Blasio reported that the number of people admitted to hospitals for suspected coronavirus and hospitalizations were down.

    There was an uptick, however, in the percentage of people tested who tested positive.

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      Here’s the breakdown of cases by borough:

      • Bronx: 39,239
      • Brooklyn: 45,637
      • Manhattan: 21,287
      • Queens: 53,243
      • Staten Island: 12,235

      De Blasio explained that 5 million 3-ply non-medical masks and 2.5 million cloth face coverings will be handed out.

      The face coverings will be given out at parks, grab-and-go food sites, Staten Island Ferries and other places where NYPD enforces social distancing.

      For the first time since March, New York City enters a week with sufficient PPE supply at crisis standard, the mayor reported.

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