New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ordering all workers in nonessential businesses to stay home and banning gatherings statewideBy MARINA VILLENEUVE and MICHAEL HILL Associated PressMarch 20, 2020, 8:00 PM5 min readALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced sweeping orders Friday that will severely restrict the ability of more than 19 million New York state residents to gather and socialize and to require workers in nonessential businesses to stay home. The Democratic governor said the “drastic action” was needed to check the rapid spread of the coronavirus virus in a state with more than 7,000 confirmed cases, the most in the nation. New York’s restrictions, effective 8 p.m. Sunday, come a day after California decided to all but confine its population in the biggest lockdown in the U.S. “No, this is not life as usual,” Cuomo said at a news conference. “Accept it, and realize it, and deal with it.” New York officials said more than 1,200 people have already been hospitalized since the outbreak, and new restrictions are needed to keep the health care system from being overwhelmed. Johns Hopkins University put the state’s fatality count at 38. Cuomo wants New Yorkers to remain indoors to the “greatest extent.”

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