Coronavirus kills 7 in New York State, 950 test positive – governor
Five of the deaths were in New York City, the governor told the press during a special briefing on Monday. The jump in confirmed cases of the virus is due to increased testing in the state, he added.
President Trump: Deploy the Army Corps of Engineers to build temporary medical facilities, so that when hospitals are overwhelmed, we can move people into the temporary facilities.It’s only a matter of time before our state's ICU beds fill up.The federal gov't must act.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 16, 2020
Cuomo also confirmed the introduction of severe crowd limiting measures, including closing all casinos, gyms, and cinemas across New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut from 8pm local time. Bars and restaurants will only be allowed to operate takeout and delivery services in the tri-state area.
He said the main aim at this point is to slow the spread of the virus and prevent an onslaught of cases crashing the health system. The best way to manage this, the governor said, is through social distancing.
KEEP YOUR DISTANCE. Social distancing will help New York #FlattenTheCurve.STAY HOME, and cancel non-essential appointments and travel, even if you feel well.People with no symptoms can still spread #Coronavirus. pic.twitter.com/20xSkcoqbv— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 16, 2020
The closures follow similar measures elsewhere in the US as more state governors in recent days increasingly urged people to adhere to social distancing recommendations, and implemented restrictions on some areas of public life.
There have been at least 67 deaths in the US from Covid-19, which can cause severe respiratory problems, and over 3,600 confirmed cases.Also on rt.com European Commission suggests restricting all non-essential travel to EU for 30 days over coronavirus
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