Watch: Marty Walsh tells CNN’s Chris Cuomo ‘second surge’ of the coronavirus will be worse without precautions now

"If we get it wrong, the next September and October, we’re in a situation that’s even worse," the mayor said.

Mayor Marty Walsh speaks during a media availability at City Hall on Wednesday.
Mayor Marty Walsh speaks during a media availability at City Hall on Wednesday. –Nancy Lane / Pool

Mayor Marty Walsh appeared on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time” Thursday night, defending decisions to shut down Boston amid the coronavirus pandemic, even as other states begin to reopen their economies.

Without the proper steps, the mayor warned, a second wave of the virus later this year will wreak more havoc than the current crisis.

As of Thursday, Massachusetts had reported 62,205 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 3,562 related deaths.

“I understand the small businesses, the restaurants, the golf courses, the flower shops — all of those businesses that are hurting in my district and in my city,” Walsh told Chris Cuomo. “I know my businesses of color are disproportionately affected by this as well because they have less operating cash.

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“But really, we have to be very careful because one of the previous guests said if we do this wrong — and I hope to God down in those states it doesn’t happen to them — that the second surge is worse, where our emergency rooms and our hospitals are overwhelmed,” he added.

Boston was able to brace for the surge in April, building out hospital bed capacity at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, and by transitioning to remote learning for its public school students, among many other efforts, Walsh said.

“But if we get it wrong, the next September and October, we’re in a situation that’s even worse,” he said. “It’s going to be even more detrimental to the economy, and the president is going to wish at that point that he shut things down a lot earlier and kept it a little extended because it’s going to be right up at his election.”

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