Garcetti called the projections “horrifying” and said they were keeping leaders awake at night.
“Will we have hundreds of thousands of deaths, or tens of thousands of deaths? That’s what keeps us up,” he told Business Insider. “These are people who all know, who each one of us will know. It’ll be our friends, it’ll be our family, it’ll be people whom we love dearly.”
“Giving people false hope will crush their spirits and will kill more people,” the mayor said. “Will crush their spirits, will revert their actions, and will kill more people.”
Garcetti also said Thursday in a news conference that Los Angeles could soon see enough cases to rival New York City, which is now the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States with more than 23,000 confirmed cases and 365 deaths.
Garcetti called the footage of overwhelmed hospitals from New York “the most haunting images any leader could see, and it’s difficult for me to imagine that it won’t happen here.”
And he said the problem won’t be limited to New York and Los Angeles.
“There is no place in America that will not be overwhelmed in terms of the number of patients who need ICU and other hospital beds, and how many we have in this country,” he said. “There is no place that won’t be overwhelmed by needing more ventilators and not having enough.”
Governors and public health officials around the country have said they need thousands of ventilators for coronavirus patients.
Trump said Thursday that he didn’t believe the numbers.
“You know, you go into major hospitals sometimes, they’ll have two ventilators,” he said. “And now all of a sudden they’re saying can we order 30,000 ventilators?”
Trump’s comments came hours after the United States surpassed China to become the country with most coronavirus cases. There have been more than 82,000 confirmed infections and more than 1,000 deaths attributed to the virus.
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