New York governor Andrew Cuomo said he would enact an order requiring people across the state to wear masks in public places if they cannot keep a distance of 1.8 meters.
According to the New York Times , this request is part of a special decree effective April 18, and is a drastic move by the State of New York to curb the Covid-19 epidemic.
United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention USA (CDC) has recommended that people should cover the face to prevent the spread of the virus – mainly through droplets spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
This recommendation is not intended to protect people wearing masks but to protect those around them, and was made after the CDC research shows that many people infected with the virus but have no symptoms.
Health officials have urged people to combine face-to-face with compliance with social distance rules, and said the two are not interchangeable.
Mr. Cuomo told New Yorkers that they could temporarily pull down masks if no one was nearby.
“Are you walking alone on the street? Good. But now you come to an intersection and there are many people there, and you will be near them? Pull up the mask,” Mr. Cuomo said at the press conference daily.
“You have no right to infect others,” he added.
Those who violate the regulations are likely to face penalties, but Cuomo has not yet issued penalties for the error.
752 people have been recorded dying from Covid-19 over the past 24 hours in New York state, but Cuomo said there were positive signs when the average number of patients hospitalized in the past 3 days decreased by 0.7% compared to with 3 days earlier.
Eight out of the past 9 days have more than 700 deaths, indicating a stable mortality rate after weeks of continuous increases.
So the state has recorded 11,586 deaths from Covid-19 since the outbreak, but this figure excludes more than 3,000 deaths in New York City without testing positive for coronavirus – people now considered victims of the pandemic.
According to Reuters statistics , the number of deaths from Covid-19 in the US increased by at least 2,371 on April 15, bringing the total to 30,800.
The total number of virus infections in the United States has also increased to 635,000, amid global over 2 million cases. The number of deaths in the United States is accounting for 20% of the globe while its population is about 4% of the world.