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New York Joins California In Locking Down Against The Virus

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A subway rider walks through a sparsely populated 49th Street station during daytime hours due to COVID-19 concerns, Friday, March 20, 2020, in New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ordering all workers in non-essential businesses to stay home and banning gatherings statewide. "Only essential businesses can have workers commuting to the job or on the job," Cuomo said of an executive order he will sign Friday. Nonessential gatherings of individuals of any size or for any reason are canceled or postponed. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

(AP) New York state is joining California in ordering nearly all residents to stay home, as governors watch with growing alarm as southern Europe buckles under the strain of the coronavirus outbreak.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York is going to “close the valve,” because its hospital system could become overwhelmed. The move came after California, the nation’s most populous state, with some 40 million people, all but confined its population in the biggest lockdown in the U.S.

Italy is reporting 627 new coronavirus deaths – its biggest day-to-day rise since the outbreak began – and says new cases also shot up. Italy now has seen over 4,000 deaths and 47,000 infections.

Italy Sees Biggest Day-To-Day Rise In Coronavirus Deaths

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