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Call for removal of New York Health Commissioner

Two Queens councilors describe managing the coronavirus crisis as “disastrous”

NY.- The Commissioner of Health from New York City, Dr. Oxiris Barbot, is on the bench transcended this Sunday.

Councilors Robert Holden Y Eric Ulrichthey sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio in which they demand the removal of the commissioner, arguing that her performance in handling the coronavirus crisis has been “disastrous”.

Dr. Oxiris Barbot, NYC Commissioner of Health.

Democrat Holden, who represents the District 30, and Republican Ulrich at District 32both from county Queens, insist on the dismissal of Dr. Barbot, “before it is too late.” It is no coincidence that the request for the Health Commissioner to resign comes from two councilors in Queens, the county that to date has more than 21,000 cases of contagion and the highest number of deaths from COVID-19 in the city.

According to a copy of the letter obtained by The Post, Barbot, “he did not take decisive measures to not only contain the virus early and flatten the curve, but his inaction has really led New York City to become the epicenter of this pandemic “

Despite numerous warning signs from around the world, Commissioner Barbot was unable to keep New York City ahead of the curve. The significant investigation into the pandemic and its spread should have been carried out early, and our city should have led the country by taking drastic measures before any other city, ”states the letter.

The document details that, as the outbreak escalated in January, Dr. Barbot repeatedly assured New Yorkers that their risk was “low” and that they would resume normal activities with only basic precautions like washing their hands.

Likewise, on February 2, with the first suspected case of coronavirus in the city under investigation and the number of deaths in China fired, the commissioner promoted the events of the New Year Chinese where the celebrations were massive in the streets of the city.

Meanwhile, Pedro Frisneda, spokesman for the Health Department He issued the following reaction: “The Commissioner is focused solely on protecting the health of New Yorkers at this critical time and has every intention of remaining committed to that mission.”

To date, there are more than 67,000 positive cases of COVID-19 and 2,472 deaths in the city. By county, there are 12,738 confirmed cases in the Bronx, 17,520 in Brooklyn, 9,251 in Manhattan, 21,781 in Queens, and 3,628 in Staten Island.

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