26 March, 2020
NEW YORK/: The situation in New York, the United States of America’s state with the highest numbers in both infections and deaths.
Despite the slowing hospitalization rate, Governor Andrew Cuomo warned that “much remains to be done” and announced new steps aimed at containing the virus.
New York City – with more than 8 million people – is making some streets pedestrian-only to allow more room for social distancing between people.
The city also plans to ban basketball and other contact sports in public parks, urging individuals to comply on a voluntary basis.
“Our closeness makes us vulnerable,” Mr Cuomo warned.
In a sign that things are expected to get worse before they get better, New York along with North Carolina and Hawaii, has requested the Federal Emergency Management Agency to send special mortuary teams that can be deployed for mass casualties.
The US has 66,132 confirmed cases – an increase of more than 10,000 in one day
At least 947 people with the virus have died in the US
But New York state reports some good news, with figures “almost too good to be true”
In China, no new cases were reported in Hubei province, where the virus emerged
The number of deaths in the UK rises from 422 to 463. (By SJA Jafri +Int’l Monitoring Desk)