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New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio: New Yorkers Should Be Prepared For ‘Shelter-In-Place’ Order

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday that residents of the nation’s largest city should take seriously the possibility of a shelter-in-place order coming down within the next 48 hours.

“New Yorkers should be prepared right now for the possibility of a shelter-in-place order,” de Blasio said at a coronavirus press conference Tuesday. “It has not happened yet, but it is definitely a possibility at this point.”

“I believe that decision should be made in the next 48 hours,” the mayor said.

De Blasio said he won’t make the decision lightly as he understands a shelter-in-place order will introduce “tremendously substantial challenges” to the residents of his city.

“Folks have to understand that right now, with so many New Yorkers losing employment, losing paychecks, dealing with all sorts of stresses and strains, I’m hearing constantly from people who are tremendously worried about how they’re going to make ends meet,” he said. “In that scenario, a shelter-in-place begs a lot of questions. What is going to happen with folks who have no money?”

New York City has one of the largest concentration of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country. As of Tuesday, it has 814 confirmed cases of the virus, at least seven of which have resulted in death, according to The New York Times.

De Blasio said Tuesday the worst is yet to come. (RELATED: De Blasio Goes To The Gym Before New York Gov Cuomo Shuts All Of Them Down)

“We are certainly going to have thousands of cases next week,” he said. “It is not that long before we hit 10,000 cases, that is a true statement.”

Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that cases in the state are projected to peak in 45 days. The projection indicates that the state, which has 53,000 hospital beds and 3,000 intensive-care beds, will need up to 110,000 hospital beds and up to 37,000 intensive-care beds.

Six Bay Area counties in California announced shelter-in-place orders Monday, affecting an estimated 6.7 million people.

The orders, which will be in place until at least April 7, direct residents to stay in their homes as much as possible to curb the spread of coronavirus, but authorize individuals to leave to provide or receive essential services and activities.

A shelter-in-place order is not as strict as a full lockdown, which would prohibit people from leaving their homes unless they receive explicit permission from the authorities, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

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