NYC Mayor says that it wasn’t a mistake to tell people to keep dining out
Mayor Bill de Blasio doesn’t regret telling New Yorkers to keep eating out at bars and restaurants in mid-March, the New York Post reports.
During a radio interview on NPR’s Morning Edition this week, de Blasio said that his comments during a press conference on March 11 — in which the mayor told New Yorkers not to avoid restaurants if they weren’t sick — weren’t a mistake, despite research showing that the virus was already spreading quickly in the city by that time.
In response to a question on whether he would backtrack his earlier comments now, given what the public knows about the spread of COVID-19, de Blasio said, “No, because I said that literally about a day before they were all about to be shut down.”
On March 12, restaurants and bars were ordered to operate at half-capacity. The full shutdown followed a few days later, on March 16.
Earlier this week, Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, the former commissioner of the city’s health department and the former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that the new coronavirus’s death toll could have been cut by 50 to 80 percent if the city had put stricter social distancing guidelines in place just a week or two earlier.
According to NYC’s department of health, there have been 87,725 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the city, 21,571 hospitalizations from the virus, and 4,778 deaths as of Thursday, April 9, at 5 p.m.
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