NEW YORK (dpa-AFX) – New York wants to pay more attention to compliance with quarantine rules for travelers and returnees from the country’s corona areas. As of Thursday, employees at bridges, tunnels and at Penn Station will insist on the 14-day mandatory quarantine, which currently applies to travelers from 35 US states. To do this, they must state their hotel or address in a form.
At the city’s three airports, all travelers from these areas have long been obliged to fill out the document after landing. According to New York state regulations, if not delivered, a subpoena and a $ 2,000 fine may be imposed; breaking the quarantine can even result in $ 10,000 or 15 days in prison. There are no figures on how often these punishments were imposed.
“We will not let go of our hard work now and will continue to do everything we can to keep New Yorkers safe and healthy,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday.
New York was one of the world’s pandemic epicentres in March and April, with over 220,000 confirmed infections. Around 20,000 people died as a result of the virus. de Blasio has been criticized for having waited too long with stronger containment measures.
After more than 6,000 new infections in the high phase every day, more than 500 new infections have not been confirmed on any day since the beginning of June, and on some days the city also reports zero deaths.
The virus is still very widespread in many other parts of the USA. After a significant increase in July, the number of newly infected people reached a plateau last week. Overall, the United States is by far the most confirmed infected and dead country./cfa/DP/he