This is going to be the greatest crisis, domestically, since the great depression, says New York mayor Bill de Blasio.
United States’ cities are experiencing major shortages of critical medical supplies as the virus continues to spread through all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Total confirmed cases in the US have risen to 24,747 with at least 340 deaths.
Speaking on CNN on Sunday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said his city is 10 days away from seeing “widespread shortages” of supplies.
“If we don’t get more ventilators… people will die who don’t have to die,” de Blasio said. New York state has been ravaged by the virus in recent days, home to more than 10,000 confirmed cases - almost half the country’s total.
Washington state, once the epicentre of the US outbreak, warned that it, too, could run out of ventilators by early April. Illinois Governor Jay Pritzker said on Sunday that states were “competing” for key supplies.