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For weeks, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio encouraged New Yorkers to “go about your lives” as fears of the novel coronavirus spread, advice that has come back to haunt him as the pandemic takes a deadly toll on the Big Apple.
Asked Sunday about whether his message was in part to blame for the virus’s rapid spread, however, Mr. de Blasio told CNN’s Jake Tapper that this was no time for hindsight.
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“Well, Jake, we should not be focusing in my view on anything looking back on any level of government right now,” Mr. de Blasio said on “State of the Union.” “This is just about how we save lives going forward. We all were working, everybody was working with the information we had, and trying of course to avoid panic.”
“I mean, this was a very different world just a short time ago. But the bottom line is, we none of us have time to look backwards. I’m trying to figure out how we get through Sunday, next Sunday, and then what we do the week after that. And that’s the only thing we should be talking about in this country,” he added.
Back in late January, Mayor de Blasio said, “It’s important just to go about your lives, continue living as you have,” a message that he repeated in February with statements such as, “This should not stop you from going about your life, should not stop you from going to Chinatown and going out to eat.”
For weeks, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio urged New Yorkers to “go about their lives.” About his past comments, de Blasio now says “we should not be focusing, in my view, on anything looking back on any level of government right now” #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/7fZZOHoPBS
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) March 29, 2020
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