The French capital goes to high alert and the American city closes schools and businesses in nine neighborhoods
Large cities resume restriction measures in the face of the second wave of the coronavirus. Paris and New York have joined Madrid and have adopted new measures this Sunday due to the advance of the pandemic. The French capital has become a “maximum” alert zone due to the high circulation of the coronavirus, as confirmed this Sunday by the Government to the France Presse Agency, while the American city has decreed the closure of schools and businesses in nine neighborhoods. In Madrid, the measures began to be applied this Saturday after a tough confrontation between the Executive of Pedro Sánchez and Isabel Díaz Ayuso.
As for Paris, the decision had been awaited for several days, since the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, warned this week that the city and the so-called small crown, the immediate periphery of the city, had already exceeded the rates that They place the capital area on the maximum alert scale before a confinement that the Government still wants to avoid at all costs, but that it no longer excludes in an exhaustive way. It is not clear what the upgrade will entail for Paris.
The police prefecture of the capital and its mayor, Anne Hidalgo, have called a press conference for this Monday morning in which they will clarify the conditions of the new state, which will be in force for at least 15 days. An area is declared on high alert if the incidence rate shoots up to more than 250 cases per 100,000 inhabitants – and more than a hundred cases among the elderly population – and more than 30% of the beds available in intensive care are destined for patients of covid-19.
The maximum alert had already been decreed in Marseille, a city that experienced the total closure of bars and restaurants. According to AFP, the closure of cafes in Paris and its surroundings could be announced this Monday. However, the hotelier union assured this Sunday that it has reached an agreement with the Government to keep restaurants open with a reinforced sanitary protocol, an extreme that the local authorities must confirm on Monday.
The mayor of the city of New York, Bill de Blasio, has proposed this Sunday to state authorities the closure of all non-essential activities, including educational centers, in the nine postal districts of the city where coronavirus outbreaks have been detected and in which the rate of positive test results has remained above 3% during the last seven days. The WHO considers that the pandemic is uncontrolled above 5%. Madrid is at levels of 20%.
In a statement, the mayor has requested that the non-essential activity stoppage begin on October 7 and has also called for “high-risk” activities to be banned in 11 other New York postal districts, including Brooklyn. and Queens.
The councilor’s proposal, which needs the approval of Governor Andrew Cuomo to be effective, proposes, among other things, that restaurants can only offer take-out food and home delivery and that service on terraces and in indoor dining rooms be canceled. .
De Blasio also recommends that schools and non-essential businesses remain closed for at least two weeks and that if in this period, the rate of positives in the covid-19 tests does not fall below 3% than the closure continue another two weeks.
According to data provided by local authorities, two of these areas have been registering levels above 3% for 14 days, another above 4%, in two other areas they have exceeded 5% and in the rest they are between 6% and 8 % of positives.
Furthermore, in the other 11 districts where the closure of “high risk” activities is recommended, such as gyms and swimming pools or consumption inside bars and restaurants, the positive analysis index has fluctuated between 2 and 3 %.
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