In New York, picnic and relaxation during this bucolic Sunday

This Sunday in Central Park, New York City, hundreds of people took advantage of the sun and the park’s lawn, while the state is still affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Saturday that 299 people had died from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the toll to nearly 19,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic. However, this Sunday, Central Park took on the air of a vacation resort, so its lawns and alleys were strewn with people. The mild temperatures (26 ° C) drew crowds, lacking sun since the confinement.

Many New Yorkers had organized picnics and games with friends, while the NYPD made patrols to urge the population to respect physical distances. “It’s Orwellian to be looked at like that,” one woman told the “New York Post” after being caught by police as she sunbathed.

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The announcement of the imminent closure of the field hospital set up in Central Park to treat Covid-19 patients probably reassured people. Samaritan’s Purse, an evangelical humanitarian organization, had installed at the end of March, at the height of the crisis, a dozen tents equipped with artificial respirators on a playground in the famous New York park, in front of a hospital.

She has treated a total of 191 people infected with the new coronavirus, but will stop welcoming new patients from Monday, she said in a statement, specifying that she would not remove her tents for two weeks. time to take care of those currently there.

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“This marks an important turning point in the coronavirus epidemic in New York, because it means the number of cases is dropping enough for the local health system to meet the needs,” writes Samaritan’s Purse.

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