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New York State Declares State Of Emergency, As Coronavirus Cases Rise

A person wears a medical masks on the AirTrain as concern over the coronavirus grows enroute to John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) on March 7, 2020 in New York Metropolis. Spencer Platt/Getty Pictures/AFP

 

The governor of New York on Saturday introduced a state of emergency because the coronavirus continued to unfold within the northeastern state, with 21 new circumstances. 

A complete of 76 individuals have up to now examined optimistic for the virus, Governor Andrew Cuomo instructed reporters within the state capital of Albany. Ten of these affected have been hospitalized.

The state of emergency, he stated, “allows expedited purchasing and expedited hiring, which are the things we need now.”

Cuomo stated the state would most likely be spending $30 million per week to combat the Covid-19 illness.

The authorities at the moment are “aggressively testing” 24 hours a day, he stated. “We want to find positives… (then) we can put them in an isolated situation.”

“That’s the point of the exercise,” Cuomo added. “You isolate them and you slow the spread.”

Fifty-seven of these contaminated have hyperlinks to the Orthodox Jewish group in New Rochelle, a metropolis in Westchester County 20 miles (32 kilometers) northwest of New York Metropolis.

“Westchester is an obvious problem,” the governor stated. “We talk about contagion in clusters; clusters tend to infect more and more people.”

In an effort to gradual the unfold of the virus, retirement houses and nursing amenities within the New Rochelle space are banning visits by outsiders.

“We are (being) hypercautious,” Cuomo stated.

He stated the quarantine interval of 14 days for contaminated individuals could be prolonged.

The governor additionally warned retailer house owners in opposition to exploiting the state of affairs by inflating their costs for virus-related merchandise.

“We have reports of stores selling hand sanitizer for $80 a bottle,” he stated.

“It’s not worth it to the store owner,” added Cuomo, a former New York lawyer normal. “You can lose your license… It’s illegal.”

The US has seen greater than 200 circumstances of the novel coronavirus, together with 19 deaths, in response to official tallies compiled by AFP.

Sixteen of the deaths have been linked to a retirement house in Washington state, within the northwestern nook of the nation.

 

AFP

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