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Jumaane Williams calls for action to protect communities of color hit harder by COVID-19

Posted at 8:21 AM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 05:13:43-04

NEW YORK — New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams is calling for more action to protect vulnerable citizens and frontline workers amid the city's coronavirus crisis.

Williams told the PIX11 Morning News he wants to see more data released after he says initial reports show that black and brown New Yorkers are being disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and the city's response.

Williams said there should have been, and still can be, more enhanced lockdown measures to protect essential workers in the city, such as transit employees, the majority of whom come from communities of color.

The public advocate will hold a virtual press conference with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams Tuesday morning to discuss the racial disparity of the impact of the virus.