New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced Friday that indoor dining in New York City will be terminated again as COVID-19 cases in the city’s five boroughs and the rest of the state continue to skyrocket, as well as across the whole United States.
In response to Gov. Cuomo’s order, Fox News’ Janice Dean, who has been a fierce advocate against the New York leader’s handling of the virus suggested he “donate all of the proceeds including the huge advance from your fictional ‘leadership’ book to all the restaurants you’re closing.”
Dean has fought tirelessly to expose Gov. Cuomo’s order at the start of COVID-19 that forced nursing homes to take in recovering patients with the virus. She lost loved ones as a result of that very order.
Because New York City’s number of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations have increased drastically during the past two weeks, the three-term governor stated during a virtual press conference that “[w]e’re going to close indoor dining in New York City on Monday”.
Restaurants, it should be noted, are still permitted to offer take-out, delivery, and outdoor dining options.
This announcement follows a statement from Cuomo earlier this week that, if New York City’s hospitalization rate has not stabilized, indoor dining would either be closed or reduced.
Comparatively, New York City was slower than the rest of the state in loosening its coronavirus restrictions after the initial spring months of the pandemic during which it became the United States’ deadly epicenter. While the city only allowed indoor dining to resume at 25% capacity on September 30, neighboring Long Island’s two counties, for example, began to allow indoor dining back in late June at 50% capacity.
During the previous virtual presser, Cuomo also made a point in calling on the federal government to provide economic relief to businesses affected by the pandemic and the accompanying restrictions, amidst both New York State and City finding themselves economically and fiscally devastated by the virus.
“The federal government must provide relief to bars and restaurants in this next [stimulus] package,” Cuomo urged.
This latest development from Cuomo comes as United States’ total coronavirus death toll surpasses 282,000, according to Johns Hopkins University, with its total confirmed infections climbing well past 15 million.
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Analysis: the 7.2 million illegals Biden has let enter the U.S. is larger than the population of 36 states
For those who can’t comprehend the magnitude of what the Biden administration’s poor border policies have done, the nearly 7.3 million migrants who have illegally crossed the southwest border on Biden’s watch is a greater amount than the population of 36 individual states.
A Fox News analysis looked at data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which shows the total number of southwest land border encounters since Biden assumed office in 2021 is 7,298,486. The CBP already reported 961,537 border encounters in the current fiscal year, which runs from October through September.
Fox News reports:
If the current pace of illegal immigration does not slow down, fiscal year 2024 will break last year’s record of 2,475,669 southwest border encounters — a number that by itself exceeds the population of New Mexico, a border state.
That is larger than the population of 36 U.S. states, including Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
The analysis found that compared to the largest U.S. states, the 7.3 million number is about 18.7% of California’s population of 39 million; 23.9% of the state of Texas and its 31 million residents; 32.3% of the population of Florida; and 37.3% of New York. It’s more than half the size of Pennsylvania, Illinois and Ohio.
Were the number of illegal immigrants who entered the U.S. under President Biden gathered together to found a city, it would be the second-largest city in America after New York. And the total does not include an estimated additional 1.8 million known “gotaways” who evaded law enforcement, which would make it bigger than New York.
This unprecedented surge in illegal immigration isn’t an accident. It is the result of deliberate policy choices by the Biden administration,” said Eric Ruark, Director of Research for Numbers USA, a nonprofit that advocates for immigration restrictions.
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