New York City is planning to close select streets and may further close public parks and playgrounds in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters Wednesday. 

Per CNBC highlights and The Hill’s livestream of the conference, Cuomo said these new measures may be implemented to help city residents socially distance themselves from each other. 

During the conference, the Democratic governor acknowledged that social distancing "may be working," citing a slowdown in coronavirus hospitalization rates, according to The Hill's reporting.

“People want to walk. They want to go out and get some air. You want a less dense area, so pilot closing streets to cars, opening streets to pedestrians,” he explained. Reducing the density of people in a single public area can aid social distancing efforts. 

Cuomo also expressed concern over the Senate stimulus bill that would allocate $2 trillion in relief for businesses, state governments and individuals. Of this sum, New York state would reportedly receive $3.8 billion, leaving a $15 billion deficit. 

Alternatively, the House bill would give the state $17 billion. 

As of Tuesday morning, New York state alone recorded 25,395 confirmed cases with 271 deaths, per Johns Hopkins. Other data from Johns Hopkins CSSE shows that the case number for New York City is 15,597, with 192 deaths.


Published on Mar 25, 2020