A Capetonian in New York describes the eerie state of quiet and calm across the city

New York City has become the epicenter of coronavirus in the U.S with over 47,000 cases. New York’s COVID-19 death count more than doubled in 72 hours to 1,941 as of Wednesday. The pandemic has forced millions of New Yorkers into their homes as local and state government enforce another 30 day stay-at-home order to try and flatten the curve.

This morning we chat to a Capetonian living in New York. Prof Marcelle Mentor is originally from Macassar and has been in New York for 15 years. She is a professor at the Teachers College at Columbia University.