New York’s $61bn budget deficit hinders COVID-19 battle
NEW YORK, USA - MARCH 21, 2020: Empty Times Square street with few pedestrians and traffic as the result of COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic outbreak in New York City.

(STL.News) As Congress debates financial aid to states, New York, the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, is facing a $61B budget deficit.  There are warnings that it is hurting essential services trying to save lives during the pandemic.

Al Jazeera’s Kristen Saloomey spoke to emergency medical technicians who warn a lack of funding in their department is already hurting the community it serves.

YouTube video courtesy of Al Jazeera News

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