NYC mayor says city could face shelter in place order soon

America's biggest city soon may soon face a soft-quarantine seen in other places around the globe.

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio in January 2020
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio in January 2020
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March 17, 2020 - 4:22pm

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday that America's largest city could face a shelter-in-place order within two days as officials take more aggressive action to stem the pandemic.

The mayor said that he wants officials to decide within the span of 48 hours, according to AP.

"I believe based on the constant updates that I am getting, that, and the numbers you’re seeing before your very eyes, that the city and state should work together to resolve this issue within the next 48 hours, and that all New Yorkers need to understand it is a possibility that this will have to be implemented," the mayor said.

When asked about a shelter in place order during a CNN interview earlier on Tuesday the mayor indicated that he is open to the possibility.

"We're absolutely considering that," de Blasio told CNN's Alisyn Camerota, noting that "we're gonna look at all other options and it could get to that for sure, it could get to that for the whole country."

This is a developing story that will be updated.