New York has implemented new restrictions to curb coronavirus, with Mayor Bill de Blasio warning that it was the city’s “last chance” to avoid a second wave.
Bars, pubs, and gyms must be locked by 22:00, and people should only gather in groups of 10 or fewer.
The US is having a coronavirus surge-a massive 65,368 Americans were in the hospital on Wednesday. A record 144,270 new cases were also identified by the Covid Tracking Project. On average, more than 900 people die from the disease every day.
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In November, over one million new cases raised the overall reported cases to more than 10 million nationwide. Meanwhile, the total death toll stands at 233,080 so far.
“We are seeing a national and global Covid wave, and New York is a ship on the Covid wave,” stated State Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday.
New York Imposes new lockdown
After Mr. Cuomo said contact tracing established late-night gatherings as main virus spreaders in the state. However, new steps take effect on Friday, which will impact hospitality.
If the rate of infection transmission begins to increase, Mayor Blasio said the public school system in New York City would close. Therefore, students would start online classes instead.
“This is our only chance to avoid a second wave. We can do it, so we have to act now,” said Mr de Blasio.
New York City was seriously impacted by the virus earlier this year. Then, almost 18,000 people died with Covid-19 in March, April, and May, based on the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene data.
Over the past eight days, the US reported more than 100,000 fresh reports a day. Meanwhile, analysts claim this could be a worse outbreak than any experienced in the spring and summer.
Experts caution that hospitals will soon reach full capacity.
A member of President-elect Joe Biden’s Covid-19 advisory panel on Wednesday said a lockdown of four to six weeks might get the outbreak under control.
Dr. Michael Osterholm suggested that after the shutdown, the government could borrow sufficient funds to offset missed business income.
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