Video footage surfaced of a Democrat, who represents the nation’s most populous city, showing him take little action many times against the deadly Asian virus.
Mayor Bill de Blasio was caught on camera repeatedly failing to respond effectively to the impact of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus on New York City.
In four video clips from early 2020 the mayor can be heard telling the general public not to worry about the CCP Virus and continue coming into contact with millions of fellow New Yorkers.
“It is important to just go about your lives, continue living as you have,” de Blasio said on Jan. 24 according to a video uploaded to Twitter.
“New Yorkers should go about our lives, continue doing what we do,” he said on Feb. 1.
The mayor two weeks later invited the general public to visit and even have a meal at the Chinatown precincts in Manhattan and Queens.
“This should not stop you from going about your lives, [and] should not stop you from going to Chinatown, and going out to eat,” he said.
Even after President Donald Trump announced stricter disease prevention measures, de Blasio could again be seen using Twitter to tell New Yorkers to continue their lives as usual and join him in watching a March 5 screening of “The Traitor” at Lincoln Center.
“We want people to still go on about their lives, we want people to [feel] rest assured a lot is being done to protect them,” the mayor said on March 13.
When asked about his seemingly cavalier policy on the CCP Virus, he denied responsibility for allowing New York state to become America’s epicenter of the CCP Virus. Almost 60,000 people are infected and nearly 1,000 dead according to the Worldometer website.
“We should not be focusing, in my view, on anything looking back on any level of government right now,” he said. “This is just about how we save lives going forward … [and] keep the economy and livelihood, to keep ensuring people have money to pay for food and medicine. This was a very different world just a short time ago but the bottomline is none of us have time to look backward.”
De Blasio admitted the speed of the CCP Virus’s transmission caught him by surprise.
“What we are all learning now at the front line is this moves very, very fast in a way none of us have ever experienced in our lives,” he said. “The focus has to be getting the personnel, the ventilators and supplies where they need to be.”
New York City Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot has also been criticized for failing to respond early to the CCP Virus back on Feb. 7.
“We are telling New Yorkers, go about your lives, take the subway, go out, enjoy life but practice everyday precautions,” she told Spectrum News NY1 according to a video shared on Twitter. “The important thing for New Yorkers to know is that in the city currently their risk is low and our city preparedness is high … if it were likely to be transmitted casually we would be seeing a lot more cases.”