The United States now has more than 110,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 1,841 deaths, including 517 in New York City alone.
Towards forty for the whole of New York State? President Donald Trump discussed this possibility on Saturday, while remaining elusive about the exact scope of this measure. “Some people would like New York to be quarantined because it’s a hot spot,” he said when leaving the White House. “New York, New Jersey, maybe one or two other places, some parts of Connecticut, I’m thinking about it,” he added, as many jurists questioned the possibility even for the American president. to impose such a measure.
The objective? “Limit travel,” he replied. “They have problems in Florida, a lot of New Yorkers are moving south. We don’t want that.” “A decision will be made quickly, one way or the other,” he added shortly after in a tweet.
“A short time”
A little later, the Republican billionaire assured that such a measure would “have no impact” on trade between the states concerned and the rest of the country. “It would be for a short time,” he said, saying he had a very good dialogue with New York State governor Andrew Cuomo.
Asked a few minutes later on this subject, the latter was nevertheless very surprised, saying that the question had never been raised during his morning telephone conversation with the American president. “I don’t even know what that means,” he said, not hiding his perplexity.
“I don’t even know how it could be enforced from a legal point of view,” he added. “I don’t like this idea”. New York State is by far the most affected by coronavirus in the United States, with at least 52,318 confirmed cases and 728 deaths.
The tenant of the White House went this Saturday to the military base in Norfolk, Virginia, to attend the departure for New York of the hospital ship of the US Navy USNS Comfort, with a capacity of 1000 beds. “We will stop at nothing to help the people of New York and our country,” he said in a brief speech to a row of American flags lined up at the foot of the gigantic white ship.
This hospital ship aims to relieve hospitals on dry land in the face of the rapid spread of the pandemic. “I will welcome her with open arms,” said Andrew Cuomo of the USNS Comfort, due Monday in New York. Her sister ship, the USNS Mercy, arrived in Los Angeles, California on Friday.
A sign of the profound upheavals that affect American society at all levels, Andrew Cuomo announced for his part this Saturday the postponement of the presidential primary in New York from April 28 to June 23. Two of the other major Covid-19 homes in the United States, California (March 3) and Washington State (March 10), have already voted, while New Jersey is due to vote on June 2. Ten other American states, as well as Puerto Rico, had already postponed the date of their primary. Former Vice President Joe Biden is currently largely in the running for the Democratic nomination.
ALSO ON MSN: These shocking images of Spanish hospitals are enough to alarm us in France