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CNN’s Jake Tapper slams ‘partisan morons’ claiming that coronavirus is only a blue-state problem

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On CNN Thursday, anchor Jake Tapper and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti demolished the claim from right-wing pundits that the novel coronavirus is better understood as a problem for Democratic states than for America as a whole.

“For anybody listening, out there, to say I’m different from the smallest town: No matter where you are, this is coming to you,” said Garcetti. “Everybody is the new whatever the worst city is right now, and take all the measures you can now to make sure people are home.”

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“Well, you know, you say that, I’ve heard some partisan morons talk about how it’s only affecting blue states,” said Tapper. “This is a nationwide crisis, and what happens in Los Angeles — and by the way, there are Trump supporters in Los Angeles — it’s going to go to Sacramento, it’s going to go to Arizona, it’s going to go everywhere in this country.”

“That’s right,” said Garcetti. “Iran was the new China. Italy the new Iran. Spain the new Italy. New York is new Spain, Los Angeles may become the new New York. It’s going to be in Topeka. It’s going to be in Atlanta. It’s going to be in Louisville. It’s already there. And so the best thing all of us can do as local officials, while we push hard for national leadership, is to bring together all of the love and resources we have here locally.”

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta reveals why Trump’s strategy for avoiding coronavirus infection is not ‘sustainable’

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On CNN Friday, Dr. Sanjay Gupta warned that the White House's safeguards to protect President Donald Trump from COVID-19 infection are not "sustainable."

"So now, to this point that you mentioned about the president being negative, and he did mention again that he had another test and he got the results in what, 13 minutes or something like that. And the White House now says tonight that they're going to be giving those same rapid tests to anybody who is going to be coming in close contact with the president or Vice President Pence, that their reasoning is that they want to evaluate for presymptomatic or asymptomatic carriers to limit inadvertent transmission," said anchor Erin Burnett. "I mean, it seems like this makes sense, but what's your take on that?"

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‘We have no defenses!’ Nurse who got infected with COVID-19 paints dire picture of equipment shortage on CNN

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A nurse in New York City who had been infected with the coronavirus told CNN's Poppy Harlow on Friday that he and his colleagues are being sent to work in dangerous situations where they don't have sufficient protective equipment.

Thomas Riley, a registered nurse at New York's Jacobi Medical Center, told Harlow that the stories that have been reported about equipment shortages are very real and that medical workers' lives are being endangered because of it.

"It feels like we're in a war, and like we're soldiers in a war, being sent out without camouflage, without Kevlar," he said. "We have no defenses against this, and they're giving us very little."

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NYC’s de Blasio delivers frightening new revelation about extreme ventilator shortage in his city’s hospitals

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Appearing on CNN's "New Day" early Friday morning, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio predicted health care facilities in his city have only enough available ventilators to provide relief for COVID-19 patients to get the city through Sunday.

Speaking with host John Berman, the mayor said urgent action needs to be taken by the federal government if hospitals have any hope of keeping up with the exploding demand for additional life-saving health equipment.

"I've said this for weeks, there's no plan," de Blasio began. "There's no order that's been given by the commander in chief, the nation is in a peacetime stance while we're in the middle of a war. If they don't do something different in the next few days, they'll lose the window."

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