New York – New York Mayor Bill de Blasio warned Sunday of the risk that the new strain of the coronavirus will return as a “boomerang” if citizens relax precautions, after the good weather has taken thousands out of the house during the weekend.
De Blasio, in a press conference, warned that an increase in new cases of COVID-19 would delay the “reopening” of the city and begged the population to continue avoiding meetings and covering their faces in places where it is not possible keep a safe distance from others.
On Saturday, the New York police handed out fifty summons to people who were breaking those rules, mainly in parks, although the mayor stressed that the vast majority of the inhabitants are acting with great responsibility.RELATED
In addition, three individuals were arrested after an incident that allegedly started because they were not respecting measures to stop the pandemic.
According to the authorities, that episode has led to the opening of an internal investigation, after complaints were received about the actions of the agents, who can be seen violently reducing two young African-Americans in a video that has circulated through the social networks.
De Blasio insisted that the police are not going to allow meetings in public places, even if they are small, since they pose a great risk of the disease recurring.
New York has reinforced the police presence in points such as parks, which this Saturday were quite full on a day of good weather and after weeks of confinement.
More food distribution
De Blasio also announced that the City Council wants to increase the food it distributes to help the large number of people who have lost their income due to the pandemic or who cannot leave their homes because they are part of the risk groups.
Currently the city has the capacity to distribute more than three million rations a week, but it seeks to increase it to one million a day, said the mayor.
To do this, he asked for collaboration from community organizations that can manage distribution points and commercial kitchens that prepare food, especially in certain more disadvantaged neighborhoods.
New York City is the great epicenter of the coronavirus in the United States, with more than 18,000 deaths confirmed or probable by this disease, according to the latest available data.