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NEW YORK — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio believes the COVID-19 crisis is going to continue to get worse as he declared a state of emergency Thursday.

Speaking in a press conference, de Blasio said he thinks the number of cases in New York City alone will hit 1,000 by next week.

“We’re getting into a situation where the only analogy is war,” he said. He added that New Yorkers “are handling this with tremendous strength and resiliency.

De Blasio’s state of emergency will not close most city schools, but will move non-essential activities online or they will be cancelled.

Currently, there are 95 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in New York City with 42 new positive tests announced Thursday. There are 1,785 people in voluntary quarantine and 29 in mandatory quarantine.