NEW YORK: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he wanted to limit nonessential travel from New Jersey and Connecticut as the neighbouring states see upticks in novel coronavirus cases and that he would announce new guidance on Wednesday (Oct 20).
"There's no practical way to quarantine New York from New Jersey and Connecticut, there are just too many interchanges," Cuomo, a Democrat, told reporters on a conference call, noting the many people living in the states who commute to jobs in New York City.
He said he planned to speak with the governors of the two states later on Tuesday about "making it clear to the extent travel among the states or between the states is not essential it should be avoided." He later said he also wanted to discourage nonessential travel from Pennsylvania.
The rate of positive coronavirus tests was above 3 per cent in New Jersey, state health officials said on Monday. In Connecticut, the positivity rate was 1.7 per cent, Governor Ned Lamont said on Monday. Pennsylvania's was 4.3 per cent, said Governor Tom Wolf.
New York's positivity rate was 1.3 per cent on Tuesday, one of the lowest in the nation, but health officials have raised concerns about some "hot spots" in parts of New York City and counties north of the metropolis.
New York, which faced one of the most rampant outbreaks in the world earlier this year, now requires people arriving from 38 states and two US territories to quarantine for 14 days.
Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania now meet the state's criteria for the quarantine requirements, but Cuomo said on Tuesday he would not yet add them to the list.
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Dozens killed in suspected jihadist attack in Niger
Dozens of people were killed in an attack in Niger on Saturday, in a suspected jihadist attack.
The attack took place around 12:00 CET in the Tchomo-Bangou village in Tillabéri, a western region bordering Mali.
“The assailants surrounded the village and killed up to 50 people,” a local radio journalist said anonymously. “The wounded have been evacuated to the hospital in Ouallam.”
It came on the day provisional results for the first round of the presidential election, held on December 27, were released.
Mohamed Bazoum, the candidate for the ruling Party for Democracy and Socialism (PNDS) and a former interior minister, is in the lead with 39.3 per cent of the votes. Bazoum has vowed to strengthen the country’s fight against Islamist groups.
The second round of the election is to be held on February 21.
Niger has been a target for jihadist attacks for years, particularly in the western and southeastern parts of the country.
On December 21, six days before the presidential poll, seven soldiers were killed in Tillabéri. In May 2020, twenty people, including children, were also killed in two of the region’s villages.
Niger votes in presidential and legislative elections
People in Niger began voting in the country’s presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday.
Mohamed Bazoum, the right-hand man of outgoing President Mahamadou Issoufou is the favourite to win.
The sixty-year-old former interior minister is aiming for outright victory in the first round — something that no candidate has done before.
He’s focussing on security and education.
Over 7 million people are eligible to vote. But some voters, like Gambina Moumouni, simply want a president they can trust.
“We pray to Allah to choose us the president who has the most mercy for the people, a president who will not betray the country and who will not betray the trust of the people, that is our wish. It is also our wish that Allah may help to make the poor, the peasants, the (cattle) breeders happy.
Thirty candidates are standing including two former presidents and two former prime ministers, but according to seasoned observers in the region, the poll is arousing little enthusiasm among the population.
Niger is the world’s poorest according to the UN’s Human Development Index and also one of those hardest hit by climate change.
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