If you thought it couldn’t happen here, you were wrong. And for New Yorkers who are as tough as they come and can handle pretty much anything, Coronavirus hitting the State hard may have many residents seriously bracing themselves. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called it “a matter of Life and death” as he declared an emergency and instituted a one mile “radius of containment” in the small town of New Rochelle, New York. This containment will limit large gatherings in the area, with a view to preventing new infections.
While citizens freedoms will not be impacted, the reason for this drastic measure, the Cuomo said, was an unusually large cluster of infection in the suburban area of New York City. The Governor ordered the containment in light of the 29 deaths and and 850 plus confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States, with New Rochelle having the highest number of infections in the country. How did this happen?
Local officials were first alerted about the cluster In Westchester County when a lawyer who lives in New Rochelle was diagnosed with the illness. Subsequently, more people, gatherings and locations were also connected to several cases that were diagnosed in that area. In an abundance of caution, Governor Cuomo advised that schools, houses of worship and other large gathering spaces would be closed for fourteen days from March 12th. The National Gaurd, Cuomo said, would clean schools, distribute food and other necessities.
President Trump, who has been criticized for his administration’s less than stellar handling of the health crisis, met with lawmakers on Tuesday afternoon to push a payroll tax cut as part of a coronavirus economic stimulus package. However, there was no agreement at the end of the meeting as Democrats pushed back, condemning it as a “tax cut for corporations” and an attempt by the president to politicize the coronavirus pandemic for electoral leverage.
In other news, it was a wild day on Wall street as stocks swung every which way, with the Dow, S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite ending up with sharp gains. This was a relief after the panic following Monday’s heavy selloff, the worst since 2008.