State Update: Virginia Mandates Face Masks as State Sees Biggest Daily Spike, De Blasio Warns of NYC's Multibillion-dollar Deficit Amid Coronavirus, Where Early U.S. Coronavirus Hotspots Stand Now

May 27, 2020

  • Virginians will soon be required to wear face masks in public to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, Gov. Ralph Northam announced on Tuesday, the same day the state saw its biggest daily spike in new virus cases. The executive order, which takes effect on Friday, mandates that all residents wear a facial covering while in “public indoor settings.” The news comes after the state on Tuesday reported its biggest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases – 1,615 – a jump from the 1,483 new cases reported on Monday.
  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday warned that the city faces a multibillion-dollar deficit amid the coronavirus pandemic, while pleading for federal and state assistance. New York City previously estimated $7.4 billion in lost revenue due to the coronavirus crisis, but on Wednesday, deBlasio warned that the city is projecting a shortfall of nearly $9billion— possibly more—over the next two fiscal years. “We are now $9 billion in the hole between the current fiscal year and the one that begins July 1,” de Blasio said. “We have lost billions upon billions of dollars of revenue that we use to serve our people,” de Blasio explained. “It’s gone. It’s not coming back.”
  • In this video, CNN's John King looks at coronavirus trends across the United States and shows how early hotspots of the virus are faring now.

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