New York state, city govt raise alarm over Covid-19

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NEW YORK: Top officials of New York state and New York City on Sunday raised the alarm and introduced a set of strong measures against the COVID-19 pandemic, as school reopenings have brought high numbers of children back to campus over the past week and hotspot areas remain unbridled with unabated concentration of cases and fatalities.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday announced a proposal to “close ALL schools and nonessential businesses” in nine ZIP-code areas of the city on Oct. 7 due to the uptick in COVID-19 cases recorded there.
“We’ve seen consistently high COVID-19 numbers in 9 zip codes across South Brooklyn, Far Rockaway and Central Queens. We’re providing these areas with additional resources, but when presented with new information, we must act. We won’t risk the progress we’ve made,” he tweeted.
The ZIP codes of the seriously-affected areas are 11691, 11219, 11223, 11230, 11204, 11210, 11229, 11415 and 11367, according to the mayor.
“This was not an easy choice to make, and let me be clear: we haven’t seen any issues in these schools. We must, however, be proactive about the safety and health of New Yorkers,” said de Blasio.
An uptick in coronavirus cases has also been seen in areas with ZIP codes of 11205, 11211, 11249, 11235, 11234, 11213, 11218, 11374, 11366, 11432 and 11365, he added.
Also on Sunday, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo tweeted, “We all want schools to reopen IF they can reopen safely. I have assured the parents of this state that I would not send my child to a school that I didn’t know was safe. Without testing we can’t assure parents and teachers of the safety of that school.”
“I’m concerned about the lack of testing in the schools. If the localities do not do testing immediately in the schools in those areas, the State will close them immediately,” he added.