New York – The state of New Jersey announced this Wednesday that next May 2 it will reopen the parks and golf courses of this neighboring region of New York and the second in the country hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, and whose closure was criticized.
Governor Philip Murphy, who ordered the closure of these recreation areas on April 7, denied that his decision was subject to pressure and stressed that it is based on “data” and “facts”.
“We have done this based on data, science, facts, and frankly, mental health,” he said.RELATED
The neighboring state of New York, epicenter of the pandemic in the country with more than 17,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University, has not closed the parks at any time of the crisis, although it does have sports playgrounds and playgrounds, in an attempt to prevent the spread of the virus.
Despite this move, Murphy insisted that in order to hasten the arrival of “better days” it was necessary to continue to maintain social distance, washing hands and staying home.
This new measure coincides with Murphy’s announcement that the number of deaths in the last hours in the state was 329, bringing the total number of fatalities to 6,770, while that of new hospitalizations was 474.
“We have lost more New Jersey citizens to COVID-19 than we lost in World War I, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the two Gulf Wars, the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, Superstorm Sandy and the September 11 attacks together, “said the governor.
On the other hand, he announced that the state has reached an agreement with several companies to manufacture its own masks and gowns for medical personnel and that it has sent 50 respirators to Massachusetts and 200,000 masks to New York.