The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, declared on Saturday the state of emergency in this region of the United States to deal with the expansion of the coronavirus, which affects 76 people, ten of whom are hospitalized.
“The emergency declaration gives us certain powers,” Cuomo said in a press conference he explained that they will use them to buy products and hire more health workers to help local authorities.
At a press conference, Cuomo announced the ban on visiting senior centers in New Rochelle Township, located in Westchester County, north of New York City, and the place where the largest number of cases have been recorded .
The governor explained that after the appearance of 21 new cases, there are 57 people affected in Westchester, eleven have been detected in New York City, four in Nassau County, two in Saratoga County and two in Rockland .
In the New Rochelle area, about 10 miles north of New York, the closure of schools that had been closed this week has been extended to try to contain the spread of the Wuhan virus.
“It is obvious that we have a problem with the Westchester focus,” the governor acknowledged.
Cuomo also warned that there have been cases of people under preventive quarantine who have left their homes, increasing the risk of contagion within the community.
In this regard, he asked that people respect this type of confinement and warned that safety measures can be taken so that isolation orders are respected.
On the eventual cancellation of events and mass celebrations, he assured that no cancellation is foreseen, although he recommended people with risk factors such as the elderly to refrain from going to these concentrations.
He also noted that complaints have been reported about the increase in prices of products related to the prevention of coronavirus and said that the police have been activated to study the cases.
In his speech, he warned merchants to withdraw their sales license in case of an abusive increase in prices of products such as hand sanitizers or masks.
In addition, the governor lashed out against the Federal Government and against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and those he accused of not being providing the necessary help to increase the analysis capacity of state authorities.