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New York steps up social distancing measures

New York steps up social distancing measures

Mar 26, 2020

Washington DC (USA), Mar 26: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York City will close some streets to vehicles and open them to pedestrians to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Cuomo made the announcement in a news conference on Wednesday. The plan is aimed at ensuring people keep a distance of about 1.8 meters from others.
New Yorkers are currently restricted from going out, but they are allowed to go shopping for food and other essentials. People were seen forming lines at supermarkets while keeping a distance from other shoppers.
New York State reported more than 30,000 infections as of Wednesday. The figure is the biggest among the US states and more than eight times the tally of New Jersey, which has the second largest number of infections in the country.
Cuomo attributed this to many people arriving from China, Italy and South Korea, where many cases have been reported, and also to the high population density in his state, although he said this is his personal opinion.
He also stressed the importance of social distancing to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Source: NHK World