New York to shut down as it becomes COVID-19 hot spot

Updated: Mar 24, 2020, 08:00 IST | Agencies | New Delhi

"I can't be blunt enough. If the president doesn't act, people will die who could have lived otherwise," he said

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Pic/AFP

New York City's mayor prepared on Monday to order his city behind closed doors in an attempt to slow a pandemic that has swept across the globe and threatened to make the city of 8.5 million one of the world's biggest Coronavirus hot spots. Officials worldwide warned of a critical shortage of medical supplies.

Mayor Bill de Blasio also called for getting everything from masks to gowns, as doctors and other medical workers to New York, and asked President Trump to have the US military take over the logistics of making and distributing medical supplies.

"I can't be blunt enough. If the president doesn't act, people will die who could have lived otherwise," he said.

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