Virus: cover your face in public to be mandatory in the State of New York

Virus: se couvrir le visage en public bientôt obligatoire dans l’État de New York

The State of New York, the epicenter of the epidemic in the United States, will require its nearly 20 million inhabitants to cover the face to the outside, in the situations in which respect the distance regulation is impossible, warned on Wednesday its governor Andrew Cuomo.

The governor said be prepared to sign a decree, which will enter into force three days later, requiring the wearing of a mask or a scarf covering the mouth and nose in public, including in public transport or in the street as soon as there are other people around.

The Central american prevention and control of diseases (CDC) recommend from the 3 April to cover the face, but this is only a recommendation, as had been pointed out to the president, Donald Trump, criticized for having said that he does not observe.

The mayor of New York Bill de Blasio, who recommends that the New Yorker to cover the face since 2 April, was called Wednesday, all New Yorkers, to cover over particularly in the face when they go to the grocery store or at the supermarket, in order to protect their employees.

He said that the police would help the stores to implement this measure, they warned their clients in writing at the entrance of the stores.

The State of New York already has more than 10 800 deaths confirmed from the disease, and yet the 752 dead in the last 24 hours, even if the spread of infection has slowed, according to Mr. Cuomo.

While waiting for a treatment or a vaccine against the disease, the State of New York is going to systematically test the staff of its hospitals and emergency services to the presence of antibodies to the Covid-19, a-t-he said during his daily press briefings. About 2 000 tests will be carried out on a daily basis, he added.

The ability to test massively the population, to find out who has already been infected by the virus, is a vital issue in the recovery of the economy, in New York, the United States and around the world.

“The more we test, the more the economy will be re-opened,” said Mr. Cuomo. “But the States may not develop national level tests, we may not get to scale quickly. We need the federal government to be in the game “.

“We don’t want the States to compete as they have done for respirators “, he added.

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