New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio reiterated his belief that the city needs to go into a second full lockdown in the face of severe COVID-19 infections.
New York experienced over 2,800 new cases of the coronavirus and 160 new hospitalizations on Tuesday, according to statistics de Blasio shared on Twitter.
The mayor said, “Clearly, these numbers are going in the wrong direction. Unfortunately, and I don’t say it with anything but sorrow, but I do think it’s needed. We’re going to need to do some kind of shutdown in the weeks ahead, something that resembles the pause we were in in the spring.”
Last spring, New York became the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States. A total lockdown, with the exception of emergency workers, was put into place.
He added, “We’re seeing the kind of level of infection that we haven’t seen since May, and we have got to stop that momentum or else our hospital system will be threatened.”