Authorities in New York City announced on Monday, June 9, that the city has largely lifted its lockdown and restrictive measures implemented in response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, 100 days after the first case was confirmed. As many as 400,000 people were expected to return to work in the first phase of the city's reopening. During the first phase, workers will be allowed to return to their manufacturing, construction, and retail jobs. New York City and other regions of the state were required to meet specific health-related metrics prior to opening. The full list of the requirements can be found here.
COVID-19 testing in New York City has exceeded 30,000 per day with new infections down to around 500. At this threshold, the city's contact tracers will have the capacity to track interaction histories to prevent a resurgence of the virus.
As of Tuesday, June 9, New York City health authorities have confirmed more than 205,000 cases of COVID-19 and almost 22,000 associated deaths. Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term.
The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.
Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.
Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.
Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.
To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:
- Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
- When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
- If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.
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