Why New York is the epicenter of the American coronavirus outbreak

Marco Green
March 27, 2020

De Blasio reiterated his prediction that more than half of New York City's residents ultimately will catch the coronavirus - but, citing what medical professionals have seen so far, says 80 percent of the population will only experience cold and flulike symptoms they will be able to recover from in seven to 10 days.

The number of New Yorkers who have died from COVID-19 is nearing 400 and experts believe the numbers will continue to rise.

For starters, the country's largest police department made thousands of visits to bars and restaurants to make sure they were observing a shutdown of imposed dinner services this month, resulting in warnings but only a handful of appointments.

Now comes an effort to impose restrictions in parks, playgrounds, housing project courtyards and sidewalks, where some people to congregate out of habit or indifference as temperatures rise.

For the courts that will still have hoops, de Blasio warns that basketball is a contact sport.

The app will also include marked patrols driving through Brooklyn's Prospect Park and other popular outdoor getaways around the city, broadcasting recorded reminders of the importance of social estrangement. Once the prisoners get out they have to be self-quarantined at their residence, and that could be a monitoring factor, but if that is the criteria...

They will have an answer by Saturday, reported the New York Post, adding the mayor's pronouncement that it will remain open "but with a lot of enforcement under any scenario". But other activities like team sports or gatherings like family outdoor barbecues will be closed, de Blasio said. "But I don't want to give people a false hope and then they get hit with a ton of bricks if it turns out it's not real".

De Blasio also said earlier in the week that 700 other people, who have been imprisoned on parole violations, will also be considered for release on a case-by-case basis.

In New Jersey, police charged three people in recent days for holding large gatherings in defiance of a state ban. Let's take out a tape measure!

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