The New York authorities announced on Wednesday four new confirmed cases of coronavirus, all of them linked to a man who had been diagnosed the day before, which brings the total registered in the state to six.
The new cases are that man’s wife and two children, as well as a neighbor who took him to the hospital in his vehicle, state governor Andrew Cuomo explained in a press conference.
All of them reside in the town of New Rochelle, in Westchester County, on the outskirts of New York City and, for now, remain isolated in their homes.RELATED
The only one hospitalized is the 50-year-old lawyer whose case was released on Tuesday, who suffered from previous respiratory problems and who is in serious condition in an intensive care unit.
As a precaution, they have suspended their classes the educational centers attended by their children: a 14-year-old girl who attends a Jewish school in the Bronx district and a 22-year-old who studies on the campus in the neighborhood of Washington Heights, in Manhattan, Yeshiva University.
The Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, said in a statement that a group of specialists has been deployed on campus to identify people who have had close contact with the sick student and to test immediately.
For now, two individuals have been transferred to a hospital for tests, said De Blasio, who stressed that the City Council is taking all precautions to ensure the health of the population.
Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has expanded the cleaning and disinfection of subways and buses, although the authorities insist that for now contagions are limited to cases of prolonged contact and, therefore, traveling on public transport does not pose a risk.
The first confirmed case in New York was a woman who had been in Iran and who, Cuomo confirmed Wednesday, is already much improved.
Meanwhile, two families living in the Buffalo area (in the west of the state) and who had recently traveled to Italy, one of the countries most affected by the coronavirus, have tested negative.
The governor of the state, in any case, assumed that the cases in New York will continue to increase and that there will be “dozens and dozens” of positives as more tests are carried out.
The danger, he insisted, is especially for those elderly or with health problems, while a majority of those who contract the disease can overcome it themselves in their homes.
In his press conference, Cuomo also announced that he will repatriate students from the two public universities that depend directly on the state and are currently studying in China, Italy, Japan, Iran and South Korea.
In total, also counting some teachers, it is about 300 people, who will remain in quarantine for 14 days in facilities that are preparing for it.