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Mayor Bill de Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is behind the plan to open up the street, saying the move will help people spread out from the confines of their homes, while reducing density in public areas like parks.

New York City will close several streets in an effort to combat the spread of the Chinese coronavirus as the number of cases in the city continue to lead the country.

"So, we'll have some warmer days coming up.

It has to be places the NYPD and other agencies can enforce effectively", said de Blasio.

"We think it's appropriate to bring them out in this context", the mayor said, adding that they still need the justice system "to function".

New York City parks and playgrounds are still open, but the question for many residents is how much longer will they remain open? You want to go for a walk? They want to go out and get some air. "God bless you. But let's open streets, let's open space - that's where people should be, in open spaces areas, not in dense locations". President Donald Trump said the city has become the country's "hot spot" for the deadly illness. Birx noted that roughly 56% of all USA cases and 31% of all death are in the city.

According to The New York Times, over 53,400 people in the United States are infected with the coronavirus and over 740 have died.

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