The announcement of Governor Andrew Cuomo: the measures could remain in force for months. In the state there are 7,102 cases, of which 4,408 in the city itself.
New York closes. Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an order with drastic measures today on Friday 20 March. Starting tomorrow evening, Saturday 21st, the 19 million citizens of the Big Apple will have to stay home until further notice. Only travel for shopping is allowed. Cuomo also ordered the shutdown of all “non-essential” production and commercial activities. Grocery stores and pharmacies are excluded. Particularly severe prohibitions for the elderly, who can only go out briefly and wear the protective mask.
The “Italian” blockade is the answer to an emergency that is now evident. The positive cases in New York alone are over 4 thousand, about a third of the total recorded in the entire country. Hospitals are gearing up, freeing up space for the wave of arriving patients. They are already 1,250. Doctors began practicing tests: over 10,000 in the past 24 hours. Mayor Bill de Blasio accuses Donald Trump of “abandoning” New York. Masks for medical personnel, fans and respirators are missing. The Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, has also taken a similar measure: forcing the 40 million inhabitants to stay at home. The Trump administration has fielded the Pentagon. The State Department advises Americans not to travel abroad. The borders with Mexico and Canada also closed.
The White House is considering whether to cancel all internal flights as well. Meanwhile in Washington, Republican and Democratic senators are starting negotiations on Friday March 20 to finalize the 1.300 billion anti-crisis economic package. The measures include the payment of two $ 1,200 checks to taxpayers with an income of up to $ 75,000 per year. The contribution drops for those who earn between 75 thousand and 99 thousand dollars a year. No support for those who exceed the 99 thousand threshold.