New York City to close streets, ban contact sports in parks to halt coronavirus, says governor

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center which will be partially converted into a temporary hospital during the outbreak of the COVID-19 disease in New York City, March 24, 2020. — Reuters pic
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center which will be partially converted into a temporary hospital during the outbreak of the COVID-19 disease in New York City, March 24, 2020. — Reuters pic

NEW YORK, March 25 — New York City will begin closing streets to traffic and ban close contact sports in city parks to help combat the coronavirus, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said today.

He called the street closures a pilot program and said sports like basketball would be banned in city parks, first on a voluntary basis as long as people comply, in rules agreed with New York City officials, the governor said.

Cuomo has emerged as a leading national voice on the coronavirus, which has claimed more victims in New York than any other state. New York has reported 210 deaths and 25,667 cases, nearly half the 53,541 reported cases in the United States as of 1am. ET (0600 GMT). — Reuters

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