Mayor de Blasio said an estimated 300 inmates who are over 70 years old and have at least five pre-existing conditions that put them at greater risk for becoming infected with a severe case would be released immediately. "It's moving so fast right now that I can't even say that anymore".
"I cannot be blunt enough: if the president doesn't act, people will die who could have lived otherwise", he said.
De Blasio also said that he has no plans to close city streets as part of the city's efforts to encourage New Yorkers to practice social distancing, a step Governor Andrew Cuomo suggested.
De Blasio closed the city's more than 1,700 schools, which serve 1.1 million students, starting on Monday of last week and said the city would make a first attempt to reopen them on April 20.
Roughly a third of call cases in the USA are in New York City, resulting in much of the city being shut down, with all nonessential workers being told to stay home.
"If we don't get more ventilators in the next 10 days, people will die who don't have to die".
"If we don't get ventilators this week, we are going to start losing lives [we] could have saved", Mr.de Blasio said on CNN's "New Day". He proceeded to point out that President Donald Trump is from New York City and claims he will not do anything to help the city.
An empty street in Manhattan following the novel coronavirus outbreak in NY.
IL governor JB Pritzker warned that states were competing with each other for vital supplies.
The total number of cases in NY stood Sunday at 15,168, including 4,812 new cases.
"We need the product now", Cuomo said. "I'm competing with California and IL and Florida".
US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams gave a "somber" message to the nation while speaking on NBC on Monday morning. "It's only getting worse, and in fact April and May are going to be a lot worse". "It's going to be bad this week.it's going to be worse the following week", he said.