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Mayor de Blasio called for a national draft of doctors.

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Mayor de Blasio called for a national draft of doctors.

Mayor de Blasio called for a national draft of doctors.

Mayor Bill de Blasio called Thursday night for doctors across the country to be drafted and sent to the places where coronavirus has hit hardest — starting in New York.

“Unless there is a national effort to enlist doctors, nurses, hospital workers of all kinds and get them where they are needed most in the country in time,” Mr. de Blasio said on MSNBC Friday morning, “I don’t see, honestly, how we’re going to have the professionals we need to get through this crisis.”

He added: “This country is not in position to deal with this crisis going forward. Whatever we’ve seen up till now, I’m guaranteeing you that next week is going to be a lot tougher.”

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New York City is the center of the outbreak in the United States. Nearly 50,000 people have tested positive, and 1,500 have died, more than 1,000 of them in the past week. The city’s emergency-medical system is overwhelmed.

Mr. de Blasio has been asking for days for military personnel to be sent to New York but had not sought a draft of civilian doctors.

Mr. de Blasio said in a statement on Thursday: “The federal government must step up and provide the reinforcements we need. The battle will be long, and we cannot fight it alone.” N.Y.C. officials said residents should cover their faces outside. New York City officials on Thursday advised residents to shield their faces with a scarf, bandanna or other protective covering when leaving their homes, although they reiterated that people should continue to stay at home as much as possible during the […]

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