USA: Park Avenue closed to traffic as New York sees coronavirus surge

Four streets of New York City's iconic Park Avenue were temporarily closed to traffic on Thursday, in a bid increase social distancing to curb the coronavirus outbreak, as 100 cases were confirmed in the state of New York in a single day. The historical boulevard, formerly known as Fourth Avenue, appeared to be deserted of vehicles. A wheelchair user and a masked cyclist could be seen in the... Еще deserted streets, as shops and any 'non-essential' businesses were asked to close by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday. «The city is closed but in Brooklyn and the outer borough life has continued as usual,» a passer-by complained. NYC Mayor De Blasio introduced the road closures as a pilot measure to slow the spread of the pandemic, as it provides more distance among persons due to the lack of vehicles. The streets will be closed between Friday and Monday. According to the latest figures compiled from global reports by Johns Hopkins University, USA is the third most affected country worldwide by COVID-19 with 80,021 cases and 1,124 fatalities. There are 37,769 cases confirmed in NYC and 385 deaths so far.
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