New York. Ten Dominican taxi drivers have died in the city, while another 12 are in intensive care, most affiliated with liveries in the Bronx and Manhattan, since the outbreak of the COVID-19 spread in early March, leader Héctor Leonardo confirmed yesterday. Germán, from the New York Taxi Union Group.
Leonardo explained that almost all taxi drivers died in local hospitals and their ages ranged from more than 45 to 50 years.
Among the dead, Leonardo cited Andrés Camilo, one of the most recent deceased, and Ramón Molina, adding that they worked at the Riverside, Diplo, Firts Class and other bases, where they had been working for the community for years.
“They died from March 1 to date, when the start of the spread of the coronavirus in New York was declared,” said the leader.
He reported that numerous other taxi drivers tested positive, among them Héctor Cabrera and María Rodríguez, who recovered successfully.
Leonardo said that apparently the infected taxi drivers did not catch it on the streets while they were working, because you never know where the focus of infection will be.
“Almost all died in hospitals and were among the first, because at the beginning of the spread there was space,” he added.
He added that nearly all of the taxi drivers killed suffered from prevalent diseases such as diabetes and respiratory problems, and all 12 remain tubed and in critical condition at the Presbyterian Hospital in Upper Manhattan.
“Possibly, starting this week they will begin to disconnect some and we are waiting for this to be the crucial week with the highest level of contagion, to probably start to go down the curve,” added Leonardo.
He called on the taxi drivers and the community in general, to continue to respect the provisions of the authorities such as social distance, the use of masks and gloves, and to be tested, if they think they have some of the symptoms.
Due to the closure of funeral homes in the city and the lack of services with paperwork, in addition to the delay of the Office of the Medical Examiner in delivering the bodies due to the enormous accumulation of corpses.