Mayor Cantrell tells Fox News feds gave impression COVID-19 contained during Mardi Gras


New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell told Fox News that she would have called off Mardi Gras, had federal leaders given any indication the coronavirus would spread across the country as rapidly as it did.

"I’m hoping the federal government would have provided even more leadership based on the science and data that was being communicated. On Lundi Gras, we were hearing from the federal government that the virus was contained," she told Fox News' America's News HQ.

Cantrell told the program that as for now, the city is scrambling to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for first responders and medical personnel, while the Morial Convention Center is being converted into a 3,000 bed "surge hospital."

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As for the Mardi Gras question, the mayor told Fox News, "We can’t continue to look back, we need to look forward."

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