A Tico in New York was interviewed and he explained that the covid-19 situation was not taken seriously enough by NYC residents at the beginning. He last went out about a week and a half ago and was surprised to see many people in the street acting as though nothing was happening.
The United States is currently the country with the most cases of the virus, passing Italy and China. New York and Washington are the hardest hit spots in the nation.
The authorities in New York have considered closing parks, making streets pedestrian only, and even a mandatory quarantine, among other potential measures to adopt in this covid-19 hotspot.
The Governor of New York State and the Mayor of New York City have made requests for medical supplies, even asking for the military to take over logistics of manufacturing and distributing the supplies. The state needs help from the President and the nation so that people who could live don’t die from a lack of crucial supplies.
On March 12th, the Governor of New York had to ban gatherings of over 500 people. Later an order came to not congregate in groups of any size and to stay home from work except in the case of essential employees.
The Mayor is looking for where makeshift hospitals can be made. He asked existing hospitals to find ways to increase their number of beds by at least 50% as the number of cases is expected to more than double.