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12 nov. 2020 | 03h40 UTC

US: Authorities impose fresh COVID-19 restrictions in New York state November 13 /update 93

United States of America Alerte de sécurité

New York state to introduce new COVID-19 restrictions on November 13 due to rising cases; follow authority directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/11/2020, 12h00 until 12/12/2020, 11h59 (America/New_York). COUNTRY/REGION New York

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On Wednesday, November 11, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that new restrictions will be put in place to attempt to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from Friday, November 13, as cases and hospitalizations continue to rise. Under the measures, bars, restaurants, and gyms will have to shut down on-premises services from 22:00 (local time) and people can only meet in groups of ten or less. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the seven-day average city-wide infection rates of COVID-19 had reached 2.52 percent, with public schools set to close if the average reaches three percent. Other states, including California, Wisconsin, Nevada, and Minnesota, have also introduced similar fresh restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19.

On October 19, US officials, in agreement with their Canadian and Mexican counterparts, extended the closure of the land border with these two countries until at least November 21. All nonessential travel, including recreation and tourism, will be prohibited; however, freight and medical transport are exempt from the ban. The restrictions do not cover travel by air or essential business travel.

Authorities have prohibited those from certain countries deemed high-risk from traveling to the US. There are some exemptions to these measures, such as business travelers, investors, academics, and journalists from the Schengen Area, the UK, and Ireland. Details on countries from which travel is prohibited and further details on exceptions to restrictions can be found here.

As of November 11, there have been 577,419 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New York state with 33,898 associated fatalities. There have been 10,353,604 cases reported throughout the US, with 240,782 deaths. Further international spread of the virus is to be 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). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. 

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.


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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