Coronavirus in New York: Masks, closures and rising infections
The peope of New York City are beginning to feel the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the United States, New Yorkers are protecting themselves from the outbreak.
Ports, airports, railroads, subways and other hot spots around the city are seeing multitudes of people wearing masks and gloves in an attempt to stop the increase in the number of coronavirus infections.
On March 10, in response to the rising number of infections, governor Andrew Cuomo of New York State announced the creation of a containment zone. This area would lay "one and a half kilometers around a synagogue in New Rochelle," a place that he described as "the main focus of coronavirus in the region."
As in the case of other nations (such as China, Italy and Spain), places of worship, schools and conference centers are closed for at least two weeks.
For the whole of the United States, President Donald Trump has established nationwide measures to try to stop the spread of the coronavirus. For 30 days, starting on March 11, 2020, travel from Europe was suspended with the exception of the UK.
The coronavirus crisis has also struck a blow to Wall Street. On March 11, the Dow Jones fell by 5.9% and marked a 20% decline in comparison with its peak of February 12th.
Other measures taken in New York and beginning to spread to other areas of the US include the intensification of good hygiene habits to prevent contagion. There is also a ban on visits to the elderly in their nursing homes, because these are the people most vulnerable to the damage of the virus.
For the time being, New York authorities hold off on taking the more drastic measure of closing the streets. Nor are they restricting the entry and exit of travelers and inhabitants of New York and other parts of the US.
Another measure adopted in the area is the (indefinite) suspension of the NBA season. The decision was made after French center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus.
For many Americans, these measures come too late, however. As journalists Sheri Fink and Mike Baker reported in The New York Times, the coronavirus "is already everywhere."
They say that "the federal government missed several opportunities to ensure more widespread testing during the first days of the outbreak. It would have been easier to contain the virus then."