Mayor Cantrell: Federal COVID-19 response "unacceptable"


New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell told CBS News and CNN that the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic is "unacceptable" and "inadequate."

"We have limited supply because demands and the pressure, they are continuing to heat up," the mayor told CBS' David Begnaud. "It's unacceptable, quite frankly, in the United States of America, it's unacceptable."

New Orleanians have asked why national media isn’t reporting more on what’s happening there. Know that CBS News has a crew arriving there tonight. #covid19 cases are rising faster there than anywhere in the world, says @LouisianaGov. I asked NOLA @MayorCantrell to update us.

— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) March 24, 2020

"We have more people on ventilators that are not coming off," Cantrell told CNN's Erin Burnett. "That just creates that backlog and an added burden."

The mayor related to Burnett how it is not just equipment resources, but also personnel, that are being strained.

"The scene on the ground is really unimaginable as it relates to the United States of America," the mayor said. "My EMS department, over 50 percent of my people, are on quarantine."

"The scene on the ground is really unimaginable," New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell says as Louisiana faces the fastest growth rate of confirmed coronavirus cases in the world, according the state's governor. "The state can no longer go on ... without federal assistance."

— OutFrontCNN (@OutFrontCNN) March 25, 2020