How busy is life in New York

Novel coronavirus in the United StatesNew York City: Life in the Corona hotspot

New York is currently one of the corona hotspots worldwide. Thomas Reintjes lives and works there - and mostly stays in his apartment. To capture the mood in the city, our reporter dared to go out.

The number of deaths from Covid 19 disease continues to rise in the USA. On Easter Saturday (April 11th, 2020) the number of deceased reached a new high of at least 18,600, according to ABC News.

According to Johns Hopkins University, 2,000 people died from it in the past 24 hours alone - that is more corona deaths than anywhere else in this period of time. In the USA, over half a million people (also as of April 11, 2020) have been infected with the novel corona virus. According to the researchers' data, there are around 1.7 million infected people worldwide.

"I think the mood here is more somber. On my block, we've lost a neighbor and a couple of people have lost parents. So I think there's a level of sobriety certainly on my block."
Lumi, New Yorker who lives in Long Island a few weeks ago

Life in New York City has been severely restricted for a few weeks, which has made many residents feel subdued, reports Thomas Reintjes. Our reporter spoke to a few pedestrians whom he encountered occasionally on the street.

Many New Yorkers, who usually go to Long Island for short summer vacations, have left the city - for example Lumi, who Thomas meets in front of a supermarket. She knows people from her neighborhood in Brooklyn who have passed away, and she has also learned from a few people that their parents did not survive their Covid-19 illness. Lumi feels the mood in New York is depressed.

Politicians should have reacted more quickly

Lumi is not satisfied with the crisis management of US President Donald Trump. She is of the opinion that politicians should have reacted more quickly. Because when Mayor Bill deBlasio wanted to introduce the first lockdown measures, the governor of the state of New York, Andrew Cuomo, delayed it for a few days.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is currently popular with the people of New York because of his prudence in crisis management, says Lumi. But she is convinced that the citizens now have to "pay" for the governor's initial mistakes.

Food supplier: more to do than before

On his doorstep, our reporter Thomas Reintjes meets a man named Xavier who delivers groceries for the neighbors. He has parked his orange and white truck on the side of the road and is clearing groceries from the hold. While everyone stays at home, Xavier travels a lot because he receives more orders than usual. The positive thing for him is that he can help people who shouldn't leave their apartment.

"Friends and family are healthy as far as fine-wise. As far as losing their jobs - they have lost jobs and people are going through trying times. But in retrospect, all in all, everyone's fine. Can't complain."
Abdullah, New York citizen

Everyone he knows is healthy, says Abdullah, whom Thomas Reintjes meets in front of a small coffee shop. Abdullah queues at the back of the line that has formed in front of the small café. He is wearing black clothes, blue plastic gloves and has converted a small US flag into a face mask. Although he knows some who have lost their jobs, he says he is fine himself.

Lots of unemployed in the catering industry

Especially when our reporter orders food, he realizes that many in this industry are currently unemployed. In the Brooklyn area he lives in, a large number of restaurants have started a staff crowdfunding campaign. There are also neighborhood websites and Google Docs where New Yorkers can look up which restaurants are still delivering food and what fundraising campaigns are running, for example.

Veronica won't be able to go to prom

Veronica, who meets Thomas while he continues down the streets, is a senior at her high school. She is concerned because she believes she won't be able to go back to high school. Your concern: Both the graduation ceremony and the traditional prom, which usually means a lot to high school graduates, could be canceled due to the corona pandemic. Veronica's suspicion has now been confirmed because schools in New York City have closed and classes are now continuing online.

"A lot of us are really sad. It's like pretty tough times for us. Since we won't be having typical American things like prom and graduation. And a lot of things that we worked for for the past four years get canceled."
Veronica, a high school student from New York City