NEW YORK: New York City reported it's first coronavirus infection almost 3 weeks ago. The region has now reached an unprecedented mark on Sunday, which is very startling. The city has become the new epicentre of the highly-contagious virus as it contains 5% of the world's total cases! This has also put pressure on the local officials to initiate more safety protocols.
Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo has appealed to the general officials in order to nationalise the medical equipment manufacturing. The order to admonish people assembling in public has also been passed. Along with this, suggestions were made by the governor to close down some streets, in order to allow pedestrians more space.
Three new hospitals of the temporary will be set up in the suburbs of the city, in order to be prepared for the huge number of patients which will emerge soon. A large medical bivouac will also be set-up in Manhattan, at the Jacob Javits Centre.
The city has already begun facing troubles as people are getting affected rapidly, which is leading to a shortage of crucial resources like masks and ventilators. As testing has increased in the city, it has revealed that the virus appears commonplace.
The people who have been affected by the novel coronavirus in the state count up to 15,000 individuals. Most cases have come from the region of New York City. In the united states, 50% of cases are from New York. On a global level, the virus has infected over 314,700 people, as per the official figures.
Reports say that 1 out of 8 people is being hospitalised due to COVID-19, with a death toll of 114. It was also revealed that most people who passed away were above the age off 70.
Governor Andrew Cuomo said, "The timeline, nobody can tell you, it depends on how we handle it. But 40 per cent, up to 80 per cent of the population will wind up getting this virus. All we’re trying to do is slow the spread, but it will spread."
Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York City also addressed the public where he said, "We are now in New York City the epicentre of this crisis in the United States of America. I am not happy to tell you that. You’re not happy to hear it. The worst is yet to come. April is going to be a lot worse than March. And I fear May could be worse than April.'
Apart from this, President Donald Trump has also supported the drugs which can potentially help in curbing the virus. However, medial experts mentioned that during the trials, these medications showed no effectiveness.