De Blasio Wants New Yorkers To Rat On Neighbors. Don’t Do It.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took to Twitter Saturday to urge his constituents to monitor, photograph and report each other if they aren’t strictly obeying his social distancing guidelines. Just fire off a photo to 3-1-1 of a few guys having a chat in a bodega and Hizzoner will send police officers, with guns and everything, to break it up. What could go wrong?

How do you report places that aren’t enforcing social distancing? It’s simple: just snap a photo and text it to 311-692. #AskMyMayor pic.twitter.

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New York City Officials Initially Downplayed Coronavirus Threat

City Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot speaks during a news conference for the outbreak of coronavirus at City Hall in New York City, March 17, 2020. (Jeenah Moon/Reuters)
In the days and weeks before New York City implemented a virtual shutdown in early March, city officials urged their constituents to go about their daily lives without fear — and even suggested that concerns about the burgeoning coronavirus pandemic were rooted in anti-Chinese animus.
By late January, the novel coronavirus caused the Chinese government to lock down the city of Wuhan, where the virus originated.

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Public Health Authorities Have Failed America at Every Level

President Donald Trump recently slammed the World Health Organization (WHO) for how it has handled the coronavirus pandemic, pointing out that the agency had “literally called every shot wrong.” He’s right about that. But then, so did officials at every level of government, starting with Trump himself.
If there is any reason for the WHO to exist, it is to alert the world to burgeoning health threats. The WHO’s director-general, Tedros Adhanom, did the opposite.

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