New York begins to live again – “Today is the day when we start to get rid of this disease”

204,000 corona diseases, almost 17,200 deaths: The virus hit New York hard. Now the city is daring its comeback.

A safety distance of two meters and the wearing of masks is still necessary in New York: People take a subway. (June 8, 2020)

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Exactly 100 days after the first confirmed coronavirus infection, the metropolis of New York began with the first easing measures.

Jackhammers roared again on Monday in bright sunshine, numerous shops opened for restricted business, and significantly more people were out on the streets.

After 100 days of lockdown, construction sites are allowed to work again: Two construction workers in New York City on June 8, 2020.

After 100 days of lockdown, construction sites are allowed to work again: Two construction workers in New York City on June 8, 2020.

Foto: Peter Foley/Keystone

With the start of phase one of a four-step opening plan for the state of New York, work on more than 32,000 construction sites and in the city’s factories can begin again. In addition, retailers can take orders over the phone and online and hand them over to their buyers in the store. Public traffic is not yet allowed in the shops.

It is estimated that up to 400,000 people could return to work in the first phase of the opening plan. In order to avoid overcrowded subways, the city relies on bus transport. More than 30 kilometers of additional bus lanes would be shown in the short term, said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The new normal after Corona: A salesperson from Dave's New York hands an order to a customer.  (June 8, 2020)

The new normal after Corona: A salesperson from Dave’s New York hands an order to a customer. (June 8, 2020)

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After the first case on March 1, around 204,000 corona diseases have been confirmed in the metropolis of New York. Almost 17,200 deaths tested positive for Covid-19, the city assumes an additional 4700 deaths that could also have been infected.

“Today is the day we start to get rid of this disease,” said Mayor de Blasio at a press conference in the port of Brooklyn. “This is the first day of the reopening, and it was made possible by the hard work of New Yorkers.” However, masks are still necessary if a safety distance of around two meters cannot be maintained, and hygiene measures such as hand washing.

Life is slowly returning to the streets of New York: people are encouraged to use buses.  (June 8, 2020)

Life is slowly returning to the streets of New York: people are encouraged to use buses. (June 8, 2020)

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In the past two weeks, everyday life in New York was also marked by protests against police violence and racism and a night exit ban imposed by the city. Property damage and looting occurred on the fringes of the demonstrations last week, so the lock was in effect from Tuesday to Saturday from 8 p.m. The background to the protests in the USA is the violent death of the African American George Floyd in a police operation in Minneapolis on May 25th.

The protests continued over the weekend and Monday, but remained peaceful. Among other things, hundreds of city officials demonstrated against the mayor’s handling of the crisis. Among other things, this did not prevent aggressive police behavior and arrests overnight. Last week, more than 400 current and former city employees asked in an open letter that the powers of the police be reduced.

Thousands of people protested against police violence and racism in the metropolis last week.

Thousands of people protested against police violence and racism in the metropolis last week.

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Despite the relaxation, restaurants and bars remain closed for guests to sit down, but food and drinks outside the home are still allowed as before. Regular operation in offices is also still prohibited. The next opening phase should come into effect in two weeks at the earliest.

SDA

Published: 06/09/2020, 10:34 am

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