Hospitalizations Down in NYC As De Blasio Calls For Rent Freeze

Apr 24, 2020

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio delivers his daily coronavirus briefing.

Mayor de Blasio calls it a good day as he points out positive coronavirus data for New York City.    

The mayor seemed more upbeat than previous days when talking about the data.  In a recent 24 hour period, the number of people admitted to city hospitals for suspected coronavirus was down significantly, the number of people in IC units is lower slightly as is the percentage of people testing positive.


“Just plain good day. Congratulations because you did that. Everyone out there.  You did this. Social distancing, shelter in place, you made this happen.  Now, we gotta keep doing it.”


The mayor says those three indicators need to continue on a downward trend for ten straight days to two weeks and only then city officials can talk about loosening up coronavirus restrictions.  


Meanwhile, the mayor is calling on state lawmakers to authorize a rent payment freeze with so many struggling financially because of the virus.


“As we get to the first of each month, the question of how are we going to pay the rent is coming up more and more for New Yorkers.  People are struggling.”


The city also set up a tenant hotline through 311 for New Yorkers to call with rent issues.