The Democratic governor has announced that the presidential primaries will be moved from April 28 to June 23. “I don’t think it’s wise to bring many people to the same place to vote,” he remarked, “public health is our number one priority and we will keep this vital democratic process on a safer date.” By Monday, meanwhile, the hospital ship with 1,000 seats will be in town, although, according to Cuomo, there will be a need for about 140 thousand beds at the height of the pandemic. In the US, 15 states have now seen the disaster report approved by the White House, and Trump has also authorized defense secretary Mark Esper to recall reservists, who will join the National Guard.
While Russia, where there would be more than 1,200 infections and 4 deaths, has announced the closure of borders from Monday to contain the epidemic, China is trying to return to normal. There were 54 new cases in one day, all imported, according to the National Health Commission. Wuhan, the capital of the province of Hubei and the epicenter of the epidemic, after more than two months of suspension of transport has restarted the service for the trains arriving at its 17 railway stations, while the departure service will not be active until 8 April, when the city blockade is lifted. Domestic passenger flights at major Hubei airports, with the exception of Wuhan Tianhe international airport, will start again on Sunday, while international flights and flights to and from Beijing, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan are still suspended. In addition, all 1,450 highway checkpoints in the province have been removed.
Positive signs also in South Korea, which reported 146 new cases and five deaths, but also 4,811 people discharged, registering for the first time more people recovered than those left in treatment.