Mayor De Blasio said on Sunday that if the city loosens social distancing restrictions too soon, the virus could come back "like a boomerang" with recovery a long way off.

He pointed to Asia for lessons learned about reopening, citing Japan and Hong Kong as examples of opening up too quickly.




The number of people hospitalized for suspected coronavirus has increased slightly, 113 from 92 as of April 30th. 645 coronavirus patients are currently in the ICU, down from 677 as of April 30.

The number of deaths statewide continues to trend downward, with 280 as of yesterday.

In his daily briefing the mayor also announced the city is partnering with tech companies to produce diagnostic testing kits for the first time, with an initial delivery of 30,000 3D printed swabs expected by the end of the week.

De Blasio said the city will ramp up delivery service to the approximately 2 million New Yorkers who are unsure of where they will get their next meal.

"Currently we are at capacity, where we can deliver as many as 3.1 million meals per week; our goal is to keep ramping that up to as high as we need it to be. If needed we can take that capacity to 1 million meals per day," the mayor said.

“There’s no shame in asking for the help you need, we want to make it as easy as possible."

Meanwhile, De Blasio blasted the White House economic advisor for his remarks that another round of relief legislation might not be necessary, calling his comments “outrageous.”




The mayor says that if the federal government fails to help cash-strapped states, it will lead to the furloughing of public workers, including the heroes fighting on the front lines of the pandemic.