The mayor rejected criticism that his response has been behind the curve, adding that if the country had the testing it needed, “this could have been a different reality.”

“Other than that concern, a travel advisory isn’t something I’m going to fixate on,” de Blasio added. “I want to know when we’re going to get the ventilators, the PPEs [personal protective equipment] and the doctors and the nurses to save lives here in New York that would be lost otherwise, because that’s the standard.”

The city has enough supplies until April 5, with the exception of ventilators, he said. De Blasio also requested more doctors, nurses and military personnel by that deadline.

“We’re talking about a sharp escalation ahead,” the mayor said. “We’ve got almost 30,000 cases now, over 500 deaths already. We are over a quarter of the nation’s cases here in New York City.”



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