New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said a second shutdown of non-essential businesses “right after Christmas” is all but imminent.
More than 6,000 residents are currently sitting in hospitals across the city infected with the coronavirus, a number the state hasn’t seen since May. Daily deaths are also rising. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo reported 128 deaths Tuesday, the highest daily toll in months. The city’s confirmed death count has passed 28,000.
“I don’t say it with anything but sorrow, but I do think it’s needed,” de Blasio told reporters, according to NBC New York. “We are going to need to do some kind of shutdown in the weeks ahead, something that resembles the pause we were in in the spring…If we implement that, my nomination would be right after Christmas. If we implement that, with some good luck and hard work and with the vaccine starting to help
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