The president announced that it will be done by geographical proximity to the affected and neighboring areas and not by zip code, while critics asked the Mayor and the Governor to go through the same route of action to avoid a second wave of the outbreak.
After a long wait and initially dismissing the mayor’s plan Bill de Blasio of close non-essential deals in the 9 neighborhoods currently facing a rise greater than 3% in the number of infections of COVID-19, to slow the spread of the virus, this Tuesday afternoon, the governor Andrew Cuomo Finally authorized the City you move forward with your initiative.
Cuomo presented a plan to deal with the worrying escalation of infections in the 9 zip lines in Brooklyn and Queens, which include the neighborhoods of Mildwood, Flatlands, Far Rockaway, Borough Park, Midwood, Gravesend, Kew Gardens, Bensonhurt and Sheepshead Bay, and also reported that there will be restrictions on religious services and presence in churches.
“When there is an area of concern, it must be stopped at that very moment“, Said the state president, warning that unlike the mayor’s plan to close businesses by postal codes, it will be done by geographic proximity to the affected areas and the surrounding areas.
In his announcement, although he insisted that non-essential businesses and schools in areas of increased contagion should stay closed, stressed that there is a relationship between the increase in cases and not following the rules in places of religious worship, many of them from the Orthodox Jewish community.
“These are massive concentrations and one of the main places of agglomeration is the houses of worship. I understand that it is a sensitive matter, but it is the truth. It is about protecting people and saving lives, “he warned. Cuomo.
And despite the worrying outlook in those 9 areas and the now 13 additional postal areas that remain under strict surveillance due to an increase in cases, with the inclusion of South Williamsburg, the Mayor insisted that this does not paint the big picture of the Big Apple.
Alarm among New Yorkers for possible second wave
But figures supplied by the president himself have set off alarms among residents of the five boroughs, who fear that in a couple of weeks, New York could be facing a second wave of the coronavirus again.
Although the daily infections to general level still do not reach 3%, a figure considered from the beginning as the first alarm measure, which would imply, among other things, the total closure of schools, the COVID-19 meter has been growing. This Tuesday, it was announced that the new cases are of the order of 1.90%, which is equivalent to 1.65% on average of the last seven days, that is, almost double what it was for several weeks since last June.
“I am very afraid. I think we’re going to be locked up again and it is also that the Mayor and the Governor do not agree. They do not act immediately along the same route, because only with the neighborhoods with the most infections, one says one thing and the other says another. It is happening like in March, when they took a long time to act because they did not agree. I don’t understand them ”, assured the Mexican Rodolfo Aragon, who lives in Williamsburg in Brooklyn. “We already saw that with the covid you have to take immediate measures, if the cases are increasing, it was necessary to close the agglomeration sources from Sunday, such as schools and restaurants, and not say that tomorrow or the day after tomorrow ”.
De Blasio assured hours before Cuomo ad, that the City is ready to begin implementing business closures in the affected areas.
“Said we’d be ready for Wednesday morning. We weren’t going to come up with a plan, seek state approval, and then not be ready to implement it. We are ready to implement it. We are awaiting a response from the State ”, he had mentioned in the morning, asking the State to move“ quickly and decisively ”.
Mayor He stated that on the last day they reported throughout the city 501 new cases of COVID-19 and urged to put all the brakes that are necessary to the outbreak, as was done with the closure of schools in the affected areas.
“We have to do everything we can. We’re going to have to be tough about it and that’s why I came up with a plan to address the situation and yes, it involves strict restrictions, nothing we want to do, but the kinds of things we have to do and do quickly to get ahead of the problem, keep it going. limited, address it in a matter of weeks and not let it spread further ”, added De Blasio, defending its partial closure plan.
“With our schools in the nine high-risk zip codes… closed as of this morning. This will be for several weeks, the faster we tackle the issue on the ground, the faster the community is involved, the faster we can get those schools back open, and as little as two weeks, hopefully no more than four weeks, but we all have a lot of work to do “.
They ask to be more strict against those who do not follow the rules
Minerva Lopez, who lives in Brooklyn, despite fearing that the outbreak could resurface, came out in defense of the Mayor and said that the blame for the increase in infections is mostly from ordinary people.
“The Mayor and they do what they can, but there is many around here who walk without a mask or anything“Said the Dominican.
Alirio Mendieta, originally from El Salvador, shared that same thought, and while passing by the taquería la Norteña, on Manhattan Avenue, he asked the City make them more strict with those who refuse to follow the basic rules of prevention.
“Many walk as if nothing, they do not put the masks and nobody tells them anything. There, it has been necessary for the police to be tough, because it is about everyone’s life and if a regrowth returns, it affects us all, not only those who do not wear masks. You have to fine them so that they get serious, “said the father of the family.
Regarding that request, which has also been the same from the Governor, Mayor De Blasio He said that although the intention is not to punish anyone, if necessary, they will.
“The objective is to change behaviors, it has never been to penalize for the fact of penalizing. We deliver masks and if people take them and wear them, that’s what we care about. but if someone refuses to use them, that will generate a penalty immediately“, Commented De Blasio, without disclosing how many fines have been imposed, if that is the case, in areas with increased infections.
Politicians criticize other politicians
He ombudsman Jumaane Williams He strongly attacked Cuomo and De Blasio for being in a “tug of war” in the face of a situation as worrying as the increase in infections, which required immediate action for several days.
“Exchanges between the Mayor and the Governor on the scope and method of applying additional restrictions in specific ZIP codes as COVID-19 cases increase It’s an echo of what we saw in mid-March when delays and power plays led to loss of life, ”Williams said.
“Since then, the only thing that has been consistent between them is the inconsistency. The message has been mixed and the results are clear: Cases are increasing and New York is at risk of another large-scale outbreak if proper precautions are not taken. Any additional decision to expand the closures by geography or institution, must be guided by science, framed in equity and taken jointly between the leaders of the City and the State, “added the Ombudsman, insisting that all schools in the Big Apple must remain in remote teaching.
He Brooklyn President Eric Adams, also threw darts at the City, stating that if things had been handled differently, New York would not be in the situation it faces now.
“As our city faces an increase in COVID-19 cases in parts of Queens and Brooklyn, we must follow the guidance of medical and public health officials. Closing schools at these hotspots is a prudent measure to prevent further spread, but we didn’t need to get to this point “, He said Adams. “The City has consistently failed to communicate in a way that reflects the diversity of our city. If we are going to control the virus, we need to delegate to local community organizations to educate residents on proper public health protocols, including wearing masks, washing hands, and practicing social distancing. “
The comptroller of New York, Scott stringer He said the COVID-19 pandemic exposed entrenched inequalities that disproportionately impacted communities of color, immigrants, seniors and low-income New Yorkers and called for action by all levels.
“The recent increase in cases in parts of Brooklyn and Queens is alarming and needs to be addressed through widespread testing, leveraging contact tracing data, and working with communities to raise awareness of the need to wear masks, social distancing, and avoiding the big ones. public meetings. Every New Yorker should be a part of the recovery of our city ”, the official concluded.
Data on the rise of COVID in NYC:
- 9 are the neighborhoods with an increase in cases greater than 3%
- 13 are the additional areas that are under surveillance for approaching 3% of infections
- 3% is the percentage of daily infections set by the City as worrisome
- Schools and non-essential businesses will remain closed in the 9 affected neighborhoods until the crisis is overcome
- 1.90% was the average of new infections in the last day
- 1.65% is the average number of infections in the last seven days
- 100% has increased the average daily infections since last June, when they were around 1% or even less
- Closing of businesses and schools will be done by geographical proximity and not by postal zones
- There will also be limits on religious services and houses of worship