New York City Declares State of Emergency Over Coronavirus

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a press conference held in front of Gracie Mansion on September 20, 2019 in New York City. De Blasio, standing alongside his wife Chirlane McCray, announced his decision to drop out of the 2020 U.S. presidential race. (Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty …
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) on Thursday declared a state of emergency in the city as it moves to combat the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

“The last 24 hours have been very, very sobering,” de Blasio told reporters at a press conference. “Yesterday morning seems like a long time ago. We got a lot of information in the course of a day yesterday and a lot changed then, then last night it just seemed the world turned upside down in the course of just a few hours.”

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