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De Blasio presses for second total lockdown in NYC

New York Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioUS cities beef up security ahead of Chauvin verdict Yang expands lead in NYC mayor race: poll Republicans need to stop Joe Biden's progressive assault on America MORE (D) reiterated his belief Tuesday that the city needs to go into a full lockdown as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

"Clearly these numbers are going in the wrong direction," de Blasio said, according to NBC4 New York. "Unfortunately, and I don't say it with anything but sorrow, but I do think it's needed. We're going to need to do some kind of shutdown in the weeks ahead, something that resembles the pause we were in in the spring."

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The policy to which he was referring entailed a total lockdown, with the exception of emergency workers, that was put into place after New York became the epicenter of the COVID-19 epidemic in the U.S. The plan banned "non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason" and closed all nonessential businesses statewide, among other things.

According to stats de Blasio shared on Twitter, New York experienced 160 new hospitalizations and 2,813 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday. 

"There is real work that needs to be done to push these numbers back down," he wrote.

De Blasio is pushing for a shutdown to go into place right after Christmas but acknowledged that ultimately New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) would be the one to make the call, according to NBC4.
 
Cuomo closed indoor dining in the Big Apple on Dec. 11 — the latest restriction in the city's effort to curb rising cases.
 
The Empire State administered its first COVID-19 vaccine on Monday.

In response to The Hill's request for comment, Cuomo's office pointed to his remarks from a press conference on Monday, during which he said calls on lockdowns are "based on numbers."