As the White House briefing has been pushed to 5.30pm, New York mayor Bill de Blasio is addressing New Yorkers.
“If anyone is feeling anxious or fearful, that is entirely normal at this point,” De Blasio says. “What’s so important is to talk it through with each other and seek good and real and accurate information, which we will provide constantly. To support each other, listen to each other’s concerns, particularly how we can help those in greatest need and that’s what New Yorkers do so well. We’ve seen it time and time again: after 9/11, after Sandy, so many times when when seniors needed help, folks with disabilities, folks who couldn’t get out of their apartment. Time and time again, everyday New Yorkers answered the call. And we’re going to need that again as we’re going to be at this again for weeks and months.
“But I’ll tell you something. I really believe that, even though we are the epicenter – and I want to be real, real honest about that: we are now in New York City at the epicenter of this crisis in the United States of America. I am not happy to tell you that and you’re not happy to hear it. But I’ll tell you something else: There is no place in the United States of America, no place on earth, where there are stronger, tougher, more resilient people. Where there is more spirit and compassion. This is the place where people can handle anything thrown at them. That’s who New Yorkers are, that’s who all of you are. And that gives me a lot of hope.
“And I’ve been real honest about the fact that I’m not satisfied by our nation’s response to this crisis. I don’t feel that there’s been anywhere near the response to any place in this nation deserves. Especially our nation’s largest city, with 8.6 million people on the front line. But I am at the same time as I’m deeply concerned and troubled and angry and frustrated at the lack of federal response, I am inspired by the response right here in New York City from everyday New Yorkers, from our public servants, from all the people who protect us and keep us healthy, so many good people who are stepping up.”