The Governor of the State of New York, Andrew Cuomo, He decided extend quarantine in the city until May 28. The city is the American epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic with more than 20,000 people dead.
The confinement in the state came to an end this Friday after two months. But not yet in the Big Apple, formerly the epicenter of economic and cultural effervescence and today the focus of the coronavirus pandemic, where it was spread.
Several non-essential businesses and industries gradually reopen in the state's five least populated regions, but In New York City, authorities fear a flare-up and its 8.6 million inhabitants face resignation to an uncertain future..
"Extending confinement is the right decision. It really sucks, but there's no choice. We are trying to put on our best face"He says to the agency AFP Shelby, a 40-year-old New York stockbroker who declined to give her last name.
In isolation, "I'm bored like an oyster," he says. Rhonda glass, 80, who until the pandemic was a volunteer for various charitable organizations. "I just hope that soon we can return to a certain appearance of normality."
Mayor Bill de Blasio has already announced that the pools will not open this summer in the hot megalopolis, and perhaps neither will the beaches..
Schools will be closed until the start of the new school year in September, at least. Authorities are investigating 110 cases in the state of children and young people with a severe hyperinflammatory syndrome possibly linked to the coronavirus, which has already caused three deaths.
Dining out, going to a bar, a museum, a Broadway theater, dancing, a baseball game, a concert in Madison Square Garden ... Everything that represents New York and involves an agglomeration of people remains closed.
"We have to be smart," insists Governor Andrew Cuomo, who on Thursday night decreed confinement in New York City until June 13. “We must not minimize the virus; He has won us over and over again. "
Delia Chavez, a 60-year-old Ecuadorian nanny, agrees that confinement must continue in New York "because no money in the world buys life or health"
“We have lost freedom, calm, we have lost financially, emotionally. We are walking ghosts, with our masks and gloves and protective clothing, ”says sadly this woman who stopped working for two months due to the pandemic and now returned to care for a girl.
Her bosses send a car to look for her at her house every morning, to avoid contagion in the subway.
Hispanics and blacks, many with low incomes, with previous chronic illnesses, crowded into small apartments and without health insurance, have the highest mortality rate due to COVID-19 in New York, almost double the white population.
Every day at 7:00 p.m., the city erupts in applause, cheers, and pots in honor of doctors and nurses fighting the pandemic.
"This has brought New Yorkers togetherReflects Shelby, the stockbroker.
In total, the disease has killed more than 27,000 state residents of 19.6 million inhabitants.
At the height of the pandemic, on April 9, 799 people died in New York State within 24 hours. The figure has dropped to less than 160 dead this week.
Several regions of the state that meet a series of criteria began to reopen this Friday the industry, the construction and the retail sale with delivery outside the premises. In New York City, with the arrival of good weather and after two months of confinement, there are more people in streets and parks.
The use of the chinstrap is mandatory in places where one cannot maintain a distance of two meters from another person.
"A few weeks ago I had the streets to myself, it was safer for me to work outside than in an office," says mail carrier Denzel Charles, 59. "But now there are crowds on the streets", He says.
Others like Hans Robert, a 49-year-old computer executive, have decided to leave the Big Apple.
Robert settled with his family in his country house in the Catskills Mountains, two hours from town, from where everyone can work or study online.
The rent of $ 7,000 a month for his apartment in Manhattan "is worth it when the city works," he reflects. "When it doesn't work, it's a tax for nothing."
(With information from AFP)
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