The lives of tens of millions of people in New York, California continued to tumble after the two states ordered people to stay home, only go out when absolutely necessary, and keep a distance of 2 m.
The travel restrictions of the two states to the most populous group in the US limit the operation of 60 million people, but allow essential businesses such as food, medicine, electricity and water to continue. Reuters.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said he plans to issue a similar order to the state’s 9 million people, closing all businesses, except for essential ones, within the next 24 hours.
The state of Illinois, which has a population of 12.7 million and has a city of Chicago, has also ordered those who do unnecessary work to stay home.
In total, one fifth of the 325 million Americans are being asked to stay home.
The four states above account for about 30% of the US economy, also the largest economy in the world.
Need ventilator like rocket in war
In the cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York, the streets have been deserted for the past few days even after travel restrictions. In New York’s Central Park, there are a number of runners and cyclists, mostly alone.
“Everything is so scary and so scary, I hate this,” physicist Kerry Cashin, 49, told Reuters about the order at home.
“I still know I’m going to this country, but I’m still scared.”
Outside the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, Los Angeles, which is the venue for the Oscars, normally it is still bustling with hundreds of tourists.
Zane Alexander, 27, said he was going to get his last paycheck, and didn’t know when the next pay would be. He worked as a medical marijuana seller on the street, but his group had to disband due to travel restrictions.
“It is completely understandable,” Alexander told Reuters, but “I wish the situation did not come to this country.”
Jerry Rasmussen, 73, retired, sat in a public chair and read the San Francisco Chronical in Cole Valley, San Francisco, carrying hand sanitizer, gloves, and mask.
“I think it’s safe to go out, as long as I’m not too close to anyone else,” he said.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, when issuing an order to ask people to stay home, calling for more manpower and medical supplies such as ventilators and protective masks to treat Covid-19 cases could make the system New York hospital is overcrowded.
“The ventilator in this war (against Covid-19) is like a rocket during World War II,” he said. The State of New York will pay a premium for companies that can provide additional protective gear, gloves and masks. He asked companies capable of producing the items “to manage.”
“Stay home, and only go out if you exercise alone,” he said.
California travel restrictions also allow people to exercise outside, as long as people can keep a distance of 2 meters.
Promote testing, the number of cases soared
A pandemic that is sweeping the globe has turned the pace of life in the United States last week, causing schools and businesses to close, forcing employees to work at home, causing millions of people to lose their jobs and cancel plans.
“We have to be serious in order to prevent the disease from spreading,” venture capitalist Meredith Finn, 37, told Reuters while taking her dog Brady for a walk in the wealthy Brentwood area of Los Angeles. “This is clearly the right move.”
More than 1,000 cases have been confirmed in California, and there are 19 deaths. New York has 7,102 cases and 38 deaths across the state. Particularly New York City has 4,408 cases – this is the most populous city in the US with 8.5 million people.
The state of Washington, home to the first Covid-19 infection in the United States, closed bars, restaurants and entertainment venues on March 16, and banned the gathering of more than 50 people.
Across the United States, more than 14,100 cases were confirmed as of March 20, and the number of spikes reflects an increase in testing. But health experts believe the actual number of Covid-19 infections is even higher.
In Washington, D.C., President Trump and other officials say the United States is working with Mexico to ban unnecessary border travel. The US-Canada border has also been closed for non-essential travel.
As businesses stop working and everyday life almost froze, the number of people applying for unemployment benefits skyrocketed. The Trump administration declares other measures to support workers and students. The deadline for tax finalization is extended from April 15 to July 15, while college loan repayments are suspended for at least the next 60 days.