New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Sunday that the city is ready to re-shut down non-essential schools and stores in nine neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens, where there has been a significant rise in new coronavirus infections two weeks ago.
The Democratic mayor said he wants to re-isolate these neighborhoods from Wednesday and is awaiting approval from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
If Cuomo agrees, it will be the first time that the largest city in the United States is forced to return to closure after it was considered a model in dealing with this health crisis resulting from the Covid-19 epidemic, which caused the death of about 24 thousand people.
The new Coronavirus has killed at least 1,034,396 people in the world since the outbreak was reported in China at the end of December, according to official sources. More than 34,989,300 people around the world have been infected with the emerging coronavirus, 24,127,400 of them have recovered to date.
The United States is the country most affected by the number of deaths, with 209,399 deaths, followed by Brazil with 145,987, and India with 101,782.
Trump: It is a shame that the United States has reached 200,000 deaths due to the Coronavirus
More than seven million cases of the emerging coronavirus in the United States
Trump’s doctor: The president’s condition continues to improve, and the two may be discharged from the hospital
The virus reached the American White House, where President Donald Trump announced that he had contracted Covid-19 and was taken to hospital. In a video posted on Twitter on Saturday evening, Trump said he was feeling “a lot better,” promising to “return soon,” noting at the same time that the coming days are the “real test” for him.