Both New Jersey and New York have declared states of emergencies. Additionally, Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco declared a state of emergency for the county. As part of the restrictions and new measures implemented, visitation to the Bergen County Health Care Center in Rockleigh has been suspended.
In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the most rigorous actions to date to combat the spread in New Rochelle, which he described as the "most significant cluster in the country" and accounts for the lion's share of the surging caseload in the tri-state area.
Those measures include deploying National Guard troops to a Health Department command post and setting up a satellite testing facility and one-mile, two-week containment area in the city. Public schools in that containment zone will be closed through March 25; National Guard troops will help clean surfaces and deliver food in that one-mile radius.
(Looks like the 'investors' won't be getting their $500 million - https://newspunch.com/world-banks-pandemic-bonds-mature-july-investors-lose-500-million-pandemic-declared/)
Coronavirus: Biggest daily rise as UK cases reach 460
(This needs confirming as I have not yet seen this reported on any government website/report. However I have included this data on my chart here .)
Straight out of Wuhan, the virus' rate of contagion and deadliness forces these measures out of necessity.
Do we really think that China would have done all they did for no reason? By experience they had to act like they did. I'm not excusing welding people into their apartments, what I am saying is this...
For months people downplayed it, it can't be that bad, we have good hospitals and healthcare. blah blah blah
They were wrong.
*This is coming to your country.*
If countries with none or low infection numbers and rates do something about it now, there is a good chance they will curb it for now. At least a big fast mass infection like we are seeing in China and Italy. Some days ago I spent quite some time researching viruses. The (genetic) coronovirus (influenza) mainly, not actually COVID-19, I learned mainly how they work, how they are created and what they do. It is all very fascinating stuff and they remind me of replicators running a simple firmware. If a country does manage to stop COVID-19 at the borders that doesn't make the country immune to COVID-19. It simply dodged it. If a country gets hit fast and hard, well we have seen the effects so far, but that country will get over it faster (and probably with more fatalities) than those dodge it. Those that dodge it will more than likely come in contact with it at some point as restrictions are lifted and people start to move about again, and that could, as with others', cause a quick infection rate amoung residents and visitors.
Our countries are like dry fields. It takes only one spark to cause wildfire. Whilst the sparks can be contained at the border or extinguished with sanitizer now, as soon as the guard is let down, a spark may jump. Unless this is completely irradicated from the planet, it is here to stay, and people are gonna get it at some point. It's like the seasonal flu, but another one on top of what we have already. This may sound mad, but I want to get COVID-19, get over it and get on. If my body makes the antibodies itself to combat the virus, I'll be immune and have little to no chance of being infected again and thus can't pass it on. Unless it kills me. I'm more than willing to take my chances.
If you are interested in learning more about viruses I recommend you start with the spanish flu. The CDC have a great article on it here . It is this article that set me off on learning about viruses generally.
Boris Johnson is set to escalate the UK's coronavirus response to the next phase - meaning schools could be forced to close, major sporting events cancelled and people made to work from home.
The prime minister will chair an emergency COBRA meeting on Thursday where he is expected to declare that the UK will switch from trying to contain COVID-19 to delaying its spread.