Coronavirus live updates: Cuomo calls on Trump to mobilize military, de Blasio says equivalent of war

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  • Global cases: More than 156,000, according to Johns Hopkins University
  • Global deaths: At least 5,833, according to Johns Hopkins University
  • U.S. cases: At least 2,952, according to Johns Hopkins University
  • U.S. deaths: At least 57, according to Johns Hopkins University

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling on President Donald Trump to mobilize federal troops and localize testing to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.
 
“Every country affected by this crisis has handled it on a national basis. The United States has not,” Cuomo wrote in the New York Times. “State and local governments alone simply do not have the capacity or resources to do what is necessary, and we don’t want a patchwork quilt of policies.”
 
Cuomo urged the administration to allow states to certify a wide range of testing labs, as well as federalize shutdowns across the country. He also pointed to the “imminent failure of hospital systems” as cases mount and argued that the Army Corps of Engineers should serve as temporary medical centers.

“We believe the use of active duty Army Corps personnel would not violate federal law because this is a national disaster,” Cuomo wrote. “Doing so still won’t provide enough intensive care beds, but it is our best hope.” —Emma Newburger

Treasury Secretary is confident the U.S. economy will weather the downturn from the coronavirus outbreak, noting he does not expect a recession.

“Later in the year, obviously the economic activity will pick up as we confront this virus,” Mnuchin said Sunday on ABC. He also told Fox News Sunday he expects a “big rebound later this year.”

However, not everyone is as confident as Mnuchin that the economy will ride out the coronavirus outbreak.
Alan Blinder, an economist and former Federal Reserve vice chairman, told CNBC last week that the economy is probably already in a recession.

Gary Cohn, former National Economic Council director, also thinks the U.S. is already in a recession. —Fred Imbert

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called on the U.S. federal government to “wake up” and speed up coronavirus testing capacity and work with places in the country that urgently need more supplies like ventilators, surgical masks and hand sanitizer.

“If the federal government doesn’t realize this is the equivalent of a war already, there’s no way that the states and localities can make all the adjustments we need to,” he said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “We are all on our own in so many ways.”
 
The mayor is under pressure to order the closure of restaurants, bars and public schools in New York City to combat the spread of the virus. Gatherings of more than 500 people have been banned, but restaurants and bars can stay open at half the maximum capacity. — Emma Newburger

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/15/coronavirus-live-updates-nike-closes-all-us-stores-american-airlines-suspends-long-haul-flights.html

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