Coronavirus: Why have so many died in New York?

first_imgGovernor Andrew Cuomo has said repeatedly that density and number of foreign visitors made New York City, which has almost 93,000 confirmed cases, an ideal breeding ground for infectious disease.America’s financial capital has 8.6 million inhabitants. There are 10,000 people per square kilometer, making it the densest city in the US.Millions of commuters brush up against each other on its packed subway system every day, while keeping distance on its sometimes narrow sidewalks can be difficult.NYC gets more than 60 million tourists a year and is the entry point to America for many travelers, meaning anyone carrying the virus is likely to start infecting others there first.  American geneticists estimate that it started spreading there from Europe in February, before New York’s first confirmed case on March 1. The Big Apple is also characterized by massive socioeconomic inequality. Overcrowded, deprived areas — particularly in the Bronx and Queens, where many people already suffer health problems and lack medical care — have experienced the highest rate of infections.”New York City had all the preconditions that would support the idea that it was going to be hit very hard,” said Irwin Redlener, public health professor and expert in disaster preparedness at Columbia University.Did officials underestimate risk? On March 2, as the state’s second case was confirmed in New Rochelle, just north of New York City, Cuomo said the health care system was the best “on the planet.””We don’t even think it’s going to be as bad as it was in other countries,” he added.After much hesitation, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the closure of public schools, bars and restaurants from March 16.The governor ordered all non-essential businesses to close and residents to stay at home a week later on March 22.Experts hesitate to say that they waited too long.”The mayor and the governor were being pushed and pulled by two opposing forces. “One was saying we have to close schools and restaurants as quickly as possible, the other saying there were lots of economic and social consequences of shutting down everything early,” said Redlener.”Everyone was getting mixed messages, including from the federal government, from (President Donald) Trump,” he added.Have other states reacted better? California, America’s most populous state, is often cited as a good example for the speed of its response to the outbreak. Its confirmed cases as of Friday were just 20,200, with 550 deaths.On March 16, six counties in the San Francisco Bay area issued a stay-at-home order followed by the whole state three days later.”One thing that I think is significant is that six neighboring counties got together and issued the same (confinement) order for all six counties, and they did it early,” said Meghan McGinty, associate at school of public health of Johns Hopkins University.”There was consistency, as opposed to NYC taking one measure, and Westchester (county) taking another, and Long Island taking another,” she told AFP.Six days passed between New York’s school closure order and its order confining residents to their homes.”In epidemic terms, six days is light years and can really make a difference in the control and spread of the epidemic, so I think it is possible to say that perhaps, in retrospect, New York waited too long,” said McGinty.Is anyone to blame? When the crisis passes, the blame game may begin.Democrats Cuomo and de Blasio deplored for weeks the Trump administration’s delay in getting tests to states, which to this day are still not arriving in sufficient numbers.The New York officials also targeted the federal government for dragging its heels in implementing emergency powers to manufacture lifesaving ventilators.With the toll far exceeding the numbers killed on 9/11, Phil Murphy, the governor of neighboring New Jersey, which has also been badly affected, has called for a commission similar to the one set up to investigate the September 11, 2001 attacks.”The warning signs were there… what happened? If you don’t know the answer, how are you going to make sure it’s not going to happen again?” Cuomo asked Friday.Given the number of dead and millions of unemployed, “we have a moral obligation to study this pandemic,” concluded McGinty.Topics : New York has more coronavirus cases than any country and accounts for around half of all deaths in the United States. Why was is so badly hit and could its leaders have done anything differently?Was New York more vulnerable? As of Friday, New York state has almost 160,000 confirmed COVID-19 infections, more than Europe’s worst-hit countries of Spain and Italy, and over 7,800 deaths.last_img read more

Beat writers predict mixed outcomes for Syracuse’s matchup with No. 18 Louisville

first_img Published on February 16, 2016 at 9:07 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (18-8, 8-5 Atlantic Coast) matches up with Louisville (19-6, 8-4) on Wednesday at the KFC Yum! Center. The Orange comes in on fire, having won eight of its last nine, while the Cardinals have hit a skid, losing its last two.Here’s how our beat writers think the game will play out.Sam Blum (18-8)Syracuse 64 Louisville 57Dance Dance RevolutionLet’s be honest, a win here and Syracuse is basically in. And the streaking Orange does just that against a team that can’t figure out how to pile signature wins. The Cardinals have good senior guards, but so does Syracuse. And don’t discount the fact that Syracuse has something to play for.Jesse Dougherty (18-8)Louisville 72, Syracuse 66Show stoppersAdvertisementThis is placeholder textRick Pitino said Monday that his Louisville team doesn’t have much to play for these days, but don’t take that to mean that it’s going to let unranked teams take wins out of the Cardinals own building. Postseason banned or not, Louisville is still one of the ACC’s best teams with a backcourt that can match Syracuse’s guards’ experience and an athletic frontcourt that can control games from the inside. Last season, an Orange team with no postseason eligibility beat a ranked Cardinals team in the Carrier Dome. A year later, Louisville returns the favor in its own gym by putting an end to SU’s current five-game winning streak.Matt Schneidman (18-8)Louisville 69, Syracuse 66Spoiling the funNot much has been able to slow down the Orange as of late, but a pair of fifth-year senior guards and a team out to prove it won’t lay down because of a postseason ban may be the perfect formula. Louisville is without skilled passing big man Anas Mahmoud, but Damion Lee and Trey Lewis are one of the better backcourt pairs in the country. They might be the best match for Trevor Cooney and Michael Gbinije and this time, the Cardinals get the better end of the deal a year after SU pulled the upset when it was in the same, hopeless spot. Syracuse’s tear through the ACC comes to a brief end, but a three-point loss to one of the conference’s best teams provides reason for optimism. Commentslast_img read more

NASCAR at Daytona: Date, time, lineup, TV schedule, live stream for Coke Zero Sugar 400

first_imgNASCAR heads back to Daytona International Speedway this weekend for the second race of the year at the Florida track.Denny Hamlin took home the win at the restrictor-plate track in the first race of the season and will once again be in good position to win. (All times Eastern)Thursday, July 4TimeEventChannel1:05 p.m.Xfinity Series first practiceNBCSN2:05 p.m.Cup Series first practiceNBCSN/MRN3:05 p.m.Xfinity Series final practiceNBCSN4:05 p.m.Cup Series final practiceNBCSN/MRNFriday, July 5TimeEventChannel3:35 p.m.Xfinity Series qualifyingNBCSN5:05 p.m.Cup Series qualifyingNBCSN/MRN7:30 p.m.Xfinity Series Circle K Firecracker 250 by Coca-ColaNBCSN/MRNSaturday, July 6TimeEventChannel7:30 p.m.Cup Series Coke Zero Sugar 400NBCSN/MRNCamping World 400 Starting LineupBelow is the full starting lineup for the Coke Zero Sugar 400.StartingDriverNumberTBDLandon Cassill00TBDKurt Busch1TBDBrad Keselowski2TBDAustin Dillon3TBDKevin Harvick4TBDRyan Newman6TBDDaniel Hemric8TBDChase Elliott9TBDAric Almirola10TBDDenny Hamlin11TBDRyan Blaney12TBDTy Dillon13TBDClint Bowyer14TBDQuin Houff15TBDRicky Stenhouse Jr.17TBDKyle Busch18TBDMartin Truex Jr.19TBDErik Jones20TBDPaul Menard21TBDJoey Logano22TBDWilliam Byron24TBDRoss Chastain27TBDCorey Lajoie32TBDMichael McDowell34TBDMatt Tifft36TBDChris Buescher37TBDDavid Ragan38TBDDaniel Suarez41TBDKyle Larson42TBDDarrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr.43TBDRyan Preece47TBDJimmie Johnson48TBDBJ McLeod51TBDJJ Yeley52TBDJoey Gase53TBDBrendan Gaughan62TBDJustin Haley77TBDAlex Bowman88TBDMatt DiBenedetto95TBDParker Kligerman96 He has two wins on the year and there’s little reason to think he cannot compete to win the Coke Zero Sugar 400.But this is restrictor-plate racing, so anything can happen at the 2.5-mile Tri-Oval.What time does the Coke Zero Sugar 400 start?The Coke Zero Sugar 400 will take place Saturday, July 6. Live coverage begins on NBCSN at 7:30 p.m. ET.What channel is the Coke Zero Sugar 400 on?The Coke Zero Sugar 400 will be broadcast nationally on NBCSN. The race can also be live-streamed on the NBC Sports Go App or by subscribing to fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.Coke Zero Sugar 400 schedule, how to watchAll of the events leading up to the week, including practices and races for the Xfinity Series, can be seen on, PRN, MRN and FS1.Here’s a daily schedule of events leading up to the Coke Zero Sugar 400.last_img read more

Fun-Filled Entertainment and Events at the Thurston County Fair

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Thurston County FairLive and Local concert series, Savor South Sound tastings part of 2014 highlightsThis year’s Thurston County Fair is chock full of sights, sounds and tastes to entertain the whole herd from Wednesday, July 30 through Sunday, August 3. Photo credit: Whitewood Cider.Savor South Sound Beverage TastingsThe Savor South Sound beverage tasting event is back this year and better than ever, featuring dozens of delectable Northwest drinks. You’ll find Savor South Sound on the Gazebo Green this year with tastings from a dozen cideries, breweries and wineries on Friday and Saturday between 5 and 10 p.m. Patrons must be 21 or over to enter the event. Don’t forget to try some of the hors d’oeuvre pairings provided by local growers and producers that are new to Savor South Sound this year. Get more Savor South Sound details at by clicking on the “Entertainment” tab.Live & Local Concert SeriesIf you are looking for even more reasons to visit the fair this year, then consider the line-up of local entertainers that will be delighting crowds with their sizzling summer sounds during the “Live & Local” concert series that is free with your fair admission. The Live & Local line-up features South Sound favorites like Artesian Rumble Arkestra on Wednesday, Brittany Kingery on Thursday, The Blackberry Bushes on Friday, and an encore appearance by The Brown Edition on Saturday along with DBST, all playing on the Main Stage sponsored by Les Schwab. New to the Live & Local line-up this year are some musical pairings on the Food Court Stage with the neighboring Savor South Sound event. And be sure to catch this year’s KACS Sunday Concert featuring legendary Christian rocker Bryan Duncan. Get more Live & Local details and other entertainment information at by clicking on the “Entertainment” tab.Other new events in 2014 include up close and personal displays and presentations by Predators of the Heart in front of Heritage Hall. You can visit with all of the feathery, furry and scaly friends all five days at the Thurston County Fair. New on Saturday, August 2 is the Tattoo Art Contest where local tattoo artists will have their skill and artistry on display and cash prizes on the line. Also new in 2014 is the Rescue Pet Roundup on Sunday, August 3 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Hicks Lake Barn. Come meet all of our furry friends who are available for adoption. There are also several fan favorites making a comeback this year at the fair, including:One Buck Wednesday on July 30, when admission is just $1 per person when you bring a non-perishable food donation for the Thurston County Food Bank. Tons of other $1 deals are featured inside the fair.Kid’s Day Thursday, July 31. Kids 14 and under pay just $2 for admission, and carnival armbands that get you unlimited carnival rides for the day are buy-one-get-one free for your buddy. Don’t forget, admission for kids 5 and under is always FREE at the fair!Military Appreciation Day is Friday, Aug. 1. Active duty and retired military personnel and their families can get $2 admission to the fair with your military ID. Just present your military ID for lots of other military deals inside the fair.Author’s Corner is back in the Sharp Building will once again feature local authors selling books, greeting fans, and autographing everything from children’s books to crime dramas.The Antiques Appraisal event is back on Friday, Aug. 1 at 4 p.m. in Heritage Hall, when a professional appraiser will evaluate collectibles and antiques provided by local residents.The Thurston County Commissioners Annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Aug. 2 from 8:30-10 a.m. Breakfast is free with fair admission. Join us on the Gazebo Green on the east side of Heritage Hall.The annual Animal Market Sale will be in the Hicks Lake Barn on Saturday, Aug. 2 at 6 p.m.The annual 4-H Equine Western Games begin early at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3.For more information about these events and other fair entertainment and attractions, go to and click on the “Daily Events Calendar” link.The last day to purchase discount carnival ride armbands is Tuesday, July 29. Visit and click on “Fair News” for more information about discount carnival armbands and other discounts and deals.To learn more about this year’s events, entertainment and exhibits, contact the Thurston County Fair Office at (360) 786-5453 or visit“Fun for the Whole Herd at the Thurston County Fair!” July 30 – Aug. 3last_img read more