Struggling families waited in line for hours amid the borough’s ongoing economic crisis.
Police Commissioner Dermot Shea defended Thursday’s operation targeting peaceful protestors in the Bronx, claiming his department had intelligence demonstrators intended to “destroy property, injure cops and to cause mayhem.”
Roughly a month into the coronavirus crisis, New York State has been criticized for not making COVID-19 tests more accessible to low-income communities of color, which have been disproportionally impacted in the Bronx.
The mayor, who has faced criticism for a lack of coronavirus testing in the Bronx, said he hoped a community-testing program could begin by week’s end. But that timeline is contingent upon the feds shipping much-needed kits to New York City.
Coronavirus tests are being heavily rationed across the Bronx, with low-income residents growing increasingly desperate for diagnosis and treatment in the city’s hardest hit borough.
Bronx residents accounted for one in four coronavirus hospitalizations citywide, an analysis showed, and were dying at three times the rate of infected Manhattan residents.
A celebratory MLK day basketball game between high school teams turned violent Monday when a spectator opened fire inside the iconic South Bronx gym, setting off panic in the crowd, authorities said.