New York City shuts down

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New York is under total lockdown (Photo: York Dispatch)

New York, the city that never sleeps has been placed under total lockdown as it attempts to slow down the spread of the coronavirus which is threatening to make New York City its next hotspot.

This means that there will be no more playdates, no more picnics in the park with friends, no more pickup games of basketball. And no more commuting or using public transport, unless absolutely essential.

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The city that never sleeps is sleeping (Photo: Washington Post)

New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo ordered all nonessential businesses in the state to close and nonessential workers to stay home starting Sunday night, tightening even further restrictions put in place earlier.

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New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo

President Donald Trump has ordered mobile hospital centres to be sent to New York, Washington, California.

Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also called for getting everything from masks to ventilators, as well as doctors and other medical workers to New York, warning that a mounting death toll might grow more steeply without more federal help.

There have been more 27,000 coronavirus cases across the U.S. and 375 deaths. With 114 of those deaths in New York State. There has been more than 4,400 infections in New York City.

On Sunday, New York passed Washington state, the initial epicentre of the US outbreak, in the number of fatal cases. Only China, Italy and Spain have reported more COVID-19 cases than the US.