NEW YORK (AP) The words ‘Vikings’ and ‘swamp’ appear more than 100 times in a tweet by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday morning.
He was referring to a series of recent high-profile cases of the mysterious virus, but his tweet also suggested a connection to a local group that helps young men cope with the disease.
The mayor is part of a team working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help combat the coronavirus pandemic.
The tweet came after the governor announced a $15 billion plan to combat the outbreak.
The governor said the goal is to get the virus under control by mid-April.
“It’s time to step up and get this thing under control,” de Blasio said.
“We have to put our money where our mouth is, to help people stay safe.
It’s a critical moment in our nation’s history.”
He also pointed to a group called the Viking Institute that offers free eye exams and other medical care to men and boys who are diagnosed with the virus.
De Blasio’s tweet comes a day after the city of New York announced it had launched a pilot program to provide free eye care to children and teenagers who are infected with the coronas virus.
It is one of the first states to try to reach that goal.
A total of 2.3 million New Yorkers have been infected with coronaviruses, according to the city’s Centers for Diseases Control and Control.
New York has seen an influx of people from around the world seeking medical help, with many seeking treatment at hospitals, clinics and in some cases, in hotels.
Health officials have said it is not yet clear how many New Yorkers are in need of eye care, and the governor has said the city will provide treatment to anyone who comes in contact with an infected person.