New York City to Ramp Up Antibody Testing, De Blasio Says

Date: 2020-05-07 18:31:30

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New York City is starting to ramp up its COVID-19 antibody testing.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said over the next few weeks the city will do more than a quarter million tests.

Previously antibody testing had been aimed at frontline workers, but de Blasio said the new testing push will include “everyday New Yorkers.”

De Blasio also told reporters at his daily press conference that the city is in dire financial trouble.

The Democratic mayor called out U.S. President Donald Trump by name, saying Trump was playing a “sick game” with effected cities and states who are asking for federal financial help as result of budget shortfalls due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The president will not open his mouth and say we will make the cities and states whole. That’s all he has to do and the Senate will follow,” said de Blasio.

The Mayor asked New Yorkers to remain confident that the city will recover, but also said its residents shouldn’t expect crowded bars or restaruants anytime soon.

De Blasio also said he was starting a task force aimed at combating the rise of domestic violence since the city asked resident to stay and home.

“I’m announcing a COVID-19 response task force on domestic and gender based violence, taking some of the leading minds and some of the people do the most important work in this city to fight this scourge,” said de Blasio.

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