Speaking at the daily coronavirus task force briefing on Monday Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said that “Don’t let America’s states and cities die. Step up and bail out America as you’re bailing out corporations.”
The number of cases in New York state alone is higher than in any single country outside the U.S.
More than 37,000 people with the coronavirus have now died in the United States, according to worldometer reports, a figure that is frequently increasing by more than 2,000 per day.
Those figures do not include more than 4,500 people in New York City who died and are believed to have had the coronavirus. Many of those patients died without being tested, a consequence of a strained medical system and a persistent lack of testing capacity.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti pleaded with the federal government to help U.S. cities struggling with the coronavirus pandemic in a press conference outlining the city’s fiscal situation.
“The federal government needs to step up and help cities, just like they help corporations,” Garcetti said. “Don’t let America’s states and cities die. Step up and bail out America as you’re bailing out corporations.”
Citing a staggering loss of tax revenue due to the coronavirus, Garcetti said that he, along with other civilian city employees, will take a 10% pay cut through mandatory furlough days, and that many city programs will suffer major cuts.
Underscoring his concerns about the pandemic, the mayor reiterated the initial results of a USC antibody study showing that the infection rate in California is far greater than the number of confirmed cases, and that only a small percentage of those tested have antibodies.
A global pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 168,000 people worldwide.
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Over 2.4 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.
Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected nation, with more than 783,000 diagnosed cases and at least 42,094 deaths.
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