New York – The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, declared a state of emergency on Saturday to deal with the expansion of the coronavirus, which affects 76 people, ten of whom are hospitalized.
“The emergency declaration gives us certain powers,” said Cuomo, who told a press conference that they will use these powers to buy products and hire more health workers to help local authorities.RELATED
Cuomo announced the ban on visiting senior centers in New Rochelle Township, located in Westchester County, north of New York City, and where the largest number of cases were recorded.
He explained that after the appearance of 21 new cases, there are 57 people affected in Westchester, eleven have been detected in New York City, four in Nassau County, two in Saratoga County and two in Rockland.
In the New Rochelle area, about 10 miles north of New York, the closure of schools that had been closed this week was extended to try to contain the expansion of the COVID-19 virus.
“It is obvious that we have a problem with the Westchester focus,” the governor acknowledged.
Cuomo also warned that there are cases of people under preventive quarantine who left their homes, increasing the risk of contagion within the community.
In this regard, he asked that people respect this type of confinement and warned that security measures can be taken to ensure isolation orders are respected.
Regarding the eventual cancellation of events and mass celebrations, he assured that no cancellation is foreseen, although he recommended people with risk factors such as the elderly to refrain from going to these concentrations.
He also noted that complaints were reported about the increase in prices of products related to the prevention of coronavirus and said the police will study the cases.
In his intervention, he threatened the merchants with withdrawing the sales license in case of an abusive increase in the prices of products such as hand sanitizers or masks.
In addition, the governor lashed out against the Federal government and against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which he accused of not being providing the necessary help to increase the analysis capacity of state authorities.