As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the United States, New York City is receiving some positive news. According to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Manhattan could begin reopening for business in June.
“June is when we’re going to potentially be able to make some real changes if we continue our progress,” de Blasio said at his daily press briefing, according to the New York Post.
“This conversation, end of May, beginning of June is when we’re going to be able to start filling in the blanks. Unless something miraculous happens we’re going into June.”
New York continues to be on “Pause” because of Governor Andrew Cuomo with the order extending to June 7.
However, if certain marks are met, certain areas can reopen.
From the report:
Though de Blasio said Monday that the Big Apple is “still not out of the woods” in its fight against the deadly bug, the city’s latest daily coronavirus indicators show “good news.” “Today I have good news and this is really wonderful to report to you,” de Blasio said of the statistics, which have a two-day lag. Patients in ICUs for suspected COVID-19 across the city’s public hospital system went down from 540 on Friday to 537 on Saturday, while the number of people admitted to Big Apple hospitals plunged from 69 on Friday to 55 on Saturday, according to the data. “That sure is heartening compared to where we were,” de Blasio said of the hospitalizations. The percentage of people tested citywide who are positive for coronavirus also dipped from 17 percent on Friday to 13 percent on Saturday.
The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).
The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.
While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 80,500 deaths in the United States and more than 1 million confirmed cases — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.