New York deploys the National Guard to fight the coronavirus
NEW YORK: New York is unfolding National Guard troops for the first time in the crisis to help contain the spread of the disease from a suburb affected by infections, the state governor said Tuesday.
Andrew Cuomo He said authorities would establish a one-mile radio containment zone around the epicenter of an outbreak in New Rochelle in the Westchester county suburb.
Cuomo explained that all facilities in the area that have large meetings, such as schools and temples, would remain closed for two weeks from Thursday.
"We're also going to use the National Guard in the containment area to deliver food to homes, to help with the cleaning of public spaces," Cuomo said.
There have been 173 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in New York State, including 108 in Westchester County, New Rochelle's home, where most infections have been detected.
Cuomo told reporters that businesses in the containment zone will remain open and that people will be free to enter and exit whenever they wish, insisting there is no quarantine.
You are not containing people, they are facilities, he said.
It is a dramatic action, but it is the largest group in the country. This is literally a matter of life or death, Cuomo added.
People are scared, it's an unusual situation, said Miles AFberg, who runs a bar in New Rochelle, to the AFP.
People are nervous to be close to others, people are nervous to go into business and things like that, he said.
Tim Eble, who runs a gym, said he intended to keep the facilities open but take extra precautions to keep things clean.
The area focuses on a synagogue in New Rochelle, a city of 80,000 inhabitants north of New York City, attended by a man who was the first case in the state, a lawyer working in Manhattan.
His wife, Adina Lewis Garbuz, posted on Facebook on Tuesday that it took days for health officials to discover that he was infected.
As many have asked, of course he went to the doctor and did it many times. No one discovered it and it even took days for the hospital to resolve it, he said, reporting that the rest of his family was fine. Health.
At least one of the employees at the hospital where her husband was treated contracted the virus, and others, including doctors, were in quarantine, according to The New York Times.
The hospital did not respond immediately to comment when AFP contacted him.
The United States has more than 950 confirmed cases of the deadly virus, according to a count by Johns Hopkins University.
Twenty-eight people have died, 23 of them in the state of Washington, the other epicenter of the American virus.
No one has died in New York.