New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio cautioned that social distancing restrictions may need to be tightened and extended until June to contain and prevent the outbreak from resurging, saying it’s going to be a “long, tough” April.
“Unfortunately, restrictions may have to go up, meaning if things really get worse, we might have to tighten up further,” de Blasio said at a press conference. “It’s not what I envision today. It’s not what any of us want. But the truth is the truth. I don’t think anyone watching out there wants to be told pretty lies.”
New York City is battling the worst Coronavirus outbreak in the country with more than 81,800 confirmed cases — more than half of all cases across the state and almost as many as China, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
New York City needs to get to “low-level” transmission, which is when officials are able to trace cases to their original source and test more people before anyone will consider loosening some social distancing restrictions.