A man has died after reportedly falling from the 16th floor of a luxury New York City apartment block amid coronavirus self-isolation rules.
Neighbours told the New York Post of the tragedy that happened in the apartment building on Chambers Street, where the man lived, on Friday night.
The 64-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene, reports read.
One building resident, who did not want to be named, told The Post the incident was upsetting.
It’s not clear whether his death had anything to do with the Covid-19 lockdown, or the coronavirus pandemic.
But neighbours are worried the man’s death may have been related to the state’s new regulation around self-isolation.
“You have to be mentally strong to take on isolation.
“The uncertainty of what’s going to happen is scary,” the woman added.
Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered the closure of public spaces across New York City to slow the spread of the virus.
“The virus can spread rapidly through the close interactions New Yorkers have in restaurants, bars and places where we sit close together,” de Blasio said.
“We have to break that cycle.”
The mayor said it was not a decision he was making lightly.
“These places are part of the heart and soul of our city. They are part of what it means to be a New Yorker,” he said.
“But our city is facing an unprecedented threat, and we must respond with a wartime mentality.”
More than 1.1 million children are expected to stay at home in the city from Monday as the US’s largest public system closes.
Mr de Blasio announced the decision to close schools through at least April 20 – and possibly for the school year.
Similar occurrences have taken place in communities and entire states nationwide and pressure mounted from New York residents, city council members and others.