"This is part of why I was so hesitant to close our schools because we've got hundreds of thousands of kids we can't even reach with distance learning", said de Blasio.
"I think April is going to be a lot worse than March, and I fear that May may even be worse than April and that's just New York City", de Blasio said on Fox News' "Fox and Friends".
"If the president doesn't act, people will die who could have lived otherwise: senior citizens, folks who are members of families", the NY mayor stressed.
Mayor de Blasio said an estimated 300 inmates who are over 70 years old and have at least five pre-existing conditions that put them at greater risk for becoming infected with a severe case would be released immediately.
NY state has been the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis in the United States, with more than 15,000 positive cases as of Sunday afternoon.
He said he's working to help seniors get their diplomas. "If we don't get more ventilators people will die".
"I strongly believe they all should be released", de Blasio said during a press briefing.
An empty street in Manhattan following the novel coronavirus outbreak in NY. "We have cries from hospitals around the state, I've spoken to other governors around the country, they have the same situation - they need these materials now, and only the federal government can make that happen".
But the numbers should be treated with caution given the surge in testing across the state of NY. "I'm competing with California and IL and Florida". "The only force I think that can keep up with the need to constantly move supplies and equipment where they're needed and doctors, nurses, other medical personnel where they're needed is going to be the USA military".
"We have seen next to nothing from the federal government at this point", he added.
"The surgeon general is right".