Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday he would be declaring a state of emergency for the city so it could better manage the growing pandemic.
When speaking to reporters, Mr de Blasio said the last 24 hours has been “very, very sobering” to watch. Globally, more and more public events and schools are being closed as each nation works to address the virus spreading.
In New York state, coronavirus cases continue to rise and have influenced Governor Andrew Cuomo to announce 500-person ban for large gatherings. Venues that hold less than 500 people, such as restaurants and bars, have to decrease their occupancy by 50 per cent.
“Yesterday morning feels like a long time ago. A lot has changed. Last night, the world turned upside down,” Mr de Blasio said. “This is painful. It’s not something we ever want to do but we have to do.”
Of the 95 confirmed cases, 25 are in Manhattan, 24 in Brooklyn, 17 in Queens, 10 in the Bronx and five in Staten Island. This number grew by 45 cases from yesterday.