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‘We have a ferocious enemy, but this city is fighting back’ – New York Mayor de Blasio

New York, the epicenter of the U.S. coronavirus outbreak, reported on Sunday (April 5) that for the first time in a week, deaths had fallen slightly from the day before. But there were still nearly 600 new fatalities and more than 7,300 new cases in the state.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said outside the Brooklyn Navy Yard in Brooklyn on Monday (April 6) that companies within the complex were making personal protective equipment for healthcare workers on the front line.

“I was just hearing how much it took to improvise this and create this, and it’s very very moving, and it shows how much heart, how much soul people are putting into protecting our healthcare workers and our first responders,” he said. “As I was touring and seeing what was happening, I felt this real surge of emotion that it was clearer than ever that New York City is fighting back. New York City is fighting back. We have an invisible enemy. We have a ferocious enemy. But this city is fighting back with everything we’ve got.”

De Blasio also spoke on the discrimination happening to the Asian-American community in New York.

“We’ve all been disgusted by it,” he said. “I think it’s absolutely unacceptable and I know legally, it is unacceptable by the laws of New York City and I keep saying to everyone, if you see an act of discrimination, if you see a hate crime, if you see anything that is about bias, call 311 immediately or if it’s an urgent situation, call 911. We want to find the perpetrators of these crimes, we want to find anyone who’s discriminating and throw the full weight of the law at them.”

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday that new hospitalizations had fallen by 50% over the previous 24 hours. He cautioned that it was not yet clear whether the crisis was reaching a plateau in the state, which has a total of 4,159 deaths and more than 122,000 cases, by far the most of any U.S. state.

(Production by Roselle Chen)

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