New York Governor Cuomo says coronavirus is the ‘Hurricane Katrina of public health’, reveals plans for pop-up quarantine hospitals as cases surge – while Bill de Blasio considers cancelling the NYC St Patrick’s Day Parade for the first time since 1782

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
By Paul Martin

Cuomo admitted plans were in place for ‘mobile pop-up hospitals’ in New York
He has been forced to declare a one-mile ‘containment area’ in New Rochelle
Mayor Bill De Blasio is also considering cancelling the St Patrick’s Day parade
Cuomo said there were about 20 new confirmed cases in New York state, up from Tuesday’s count of 173 with more than 40 in New York City alone
He urged businesses to stagger employees’ shifts or let them work from home

By LAUREN FRUEN
DAILYMAIL.COM
11 March 2020

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday warned the outbreak of coronavirus could become the ‘public health version’ of Hurricane Katrina.

Speaking on Morning Joe, he also admitted plans were in place for ‘mobile pop-up quarantine hospitals’ if the ‘numbers don’t slow’.

Cuomo had been forced to declare a one-mile-radius ‘containment area’ in New Rochelle Tuesday as cases in the state reached more than 200 confirmed cases with more than 40 in New York City alone.

The sharp rises in cases has also forced Mayor Bill De Blasio to consider cancelling the St Patrick’s Day parade for the first time since 1782, following in Boston’s footsteps.

Mayor De Blasio said: ‘We’re talking it through with the parade committee. We have to really think about this one because it’s a beloved event, an important event.’

Cuomo said there were about 20 new confirmed cases in New York state, up from Tuesday’s count of 173. A spokesman for the Democratic governor said additional test results would be announced later Wednesday.

Hurricane Katrina killed nearly 2,000 people when it struck Louisiana in August 2005. The Federal Emergency Management Agency was accused of a sluggish response to the storm.

Gov Cuomo urged business owners to stagger employees’ shifts or let them work from home to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

‘I’m going to ask them voluntarily to do telecommuting, two shifts, a morning shift and a late shift, and let people work from home voluntarily,’ Cuomo said on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe.’

He said Wednesday: ‘This is about reducing the density. You know, we talk about social distancing, we shouldn’t be more than six feet from a person.

‘You take a dense city, you take a New York City, there’s no such thing as social distancing, you’re always within six feet of a person. So we really need to talk more aggressive actions.’

SUNY and CUNY announced they will be closing March 19th to ‘reduce density’.

The governor added: ‘This is not going away on its own, the spread is not going to stop on its own. It is fully dependent on what we do. We’re going to make our own destiny and like it or not, we’re going to have to make some tough decisions and we’re going to have to start to act united to reduce the density.

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