A sign displaying messages on how to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, is displayed at the mouth of the Manhattan Bridge, Monday, March 23, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
UPDATED 7:04 AM PT — Monday, March 23, 2020
New York officials are calling for the White House to nationalize the effort to acquire more medical supplies amid the coronavirus outbreak.
On Sunday, Mayor Bill De Blasio said the outbreak will get worse with damage accelerated by a lack of medical supplies.
Additionally, Gov. Andrew Cuomo suggested the government order factories to manufacture masks and other essential equipment.
This came after hospitals reported declining stockpiles needed to treat patients. Mayor De Blasio said New York City is just days away from seeing widespread shortages.
“It’s only getting worse and, in fact, April and May are going to be a lot worse,” he stated. “Right now, we are a third of the cases in the country; that’s going to get worse.”
The state of New York now accounts for about 5 percent of COVID-19 cases worldwide.