New York imposes measures in ‘last chance’ against second wave

New York imposes measures in 'last chance' against second wave
Late-night gatherings have been identified as a key source of infection spread in New York. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: New York has introduced new restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus, with Mayor Bill de Blasio warning it was the city’s “last chance” to stop a second wave of infection.

Restaurants, bars and gyms must close by 22:00 and people can only meet in groups of 10 or less.

New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday: “We’re seeing a national and global Covid surge, and New York is a ship on the Covid tide.”

New measure come into effect on Friday affecting hospitality after Mr Cuomo said contact tracing identified late-night gatherings as key virus spreaders in the state.

The US is seeing a surge in coronavirus infections – a record 61,964 Americans were in hospital on Tuesday. Experts described it as second wave.

An average of over 900 people a day are now dying with Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

More than a million new cases in the US in November pushed the total confirmed cases to over 10 million nationally with 239,732 deaths so far.

Over the last 10 days, the US has been seeing more than 100,000 new cases per day, in what experts say may be a worse outbreak than those seen in the spring and summer.

Experts warn hospitals across the nation could soon be overwhelmed.

A member of President-elect Joe Biden’s Covid-19 advisory panel said on Wednesday that a four to six week lockdown could bring the pandemic under control.

Dr Michael Osterholm said that the government could borrow enough money to cover lost income for businesses during a shutdown.

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