NEW YORK - New York City, the economic heart of the United States, declared a State of Emergency on Thursday help combat the coronavirus.
"We are going into a long battle. This will not be over soon," Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference. "It's going to be a long battle; it's going to be a tough battle." He said that people would inevitably die.
The city of more than 8 million people has 95 confirmed cases, up from 42 on Wednesday. There are 29 people in mandatory quarantine and more than 1,700 others in voluntary quarantine.
The mayor said he expects the city to be at 1,000 confirmed cases by next week. His administration says it is ready to assist residents at its 11 hospitals. The city is equipped with some 5,000 ventilators. Health officials said they expect only 5% of those who contract the virus to require them.
"I want to be very clear," de Blasio told reporters. "There are three things we want to preserve at all costs: our schools, our mass transit and most importantly, our health care system."
In an effort to contain the spread of the virus, de Blasio announced drastic and sweeping measures.
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