The virus has already caused 242,621 deaths in the country, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
In New York State, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that all establishments authorized to sell alcohol, including bars and restaurants, will have to close at 10:00 p.m.
Some states and cities also began to encourage their residents to stay home.
This is the case of Chicago – the third most populous city in the United States – which asked its 2.7 million inhabitants to stay in their homes, except to go to work, school or some essential activities, a recommended but not coercive measure.
“Each of us must step up and ‘Protect Chicago’ right now, or 2020 could go from bad to worse,” reads a note on the city’s website.
More than 10,000 affected by the new coronavirus died in the last 24 hours in the world, according to an AFP count on Thursday. About half (4,961) of these deaths (10,010) were registered in Europe, 1,868 in Latin America and the Caribbean, and 1,330 in the United States.
There was encouraging news earlier in the week about the development of a vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech laboratories, but that potential solution will not arrive in time to prevent tens of thousands more deaths.
The director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) called on Friday that any “scientific breakthrough” made in the race for the COVID-19 vaccine benefit all countries quickly.
“Never in history has vaccine research progressed so fast,” Tedros Adhamon Ghebreyesus celebrated at the close of the agency’s annual meeting. “We must demonstrate the same speed and the same spirit of innovation to try to see that all countries benefit from this scientific advance.”
The first vaccines are expected to be available by the end of the year in the United States, and in Europe they would do so in the first quarter of 2021, Andrea Ammon, director of the European Center for Disease Control (ECDC) told AFP.