Coronavirus: Cuomo Announces New Work Restrictions as New York Cases Top 4,000

Date: 2020-03-19 16:56:55

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo tightened work-from-home rules Thursday as confirmed cases continued to climb in New York, an expected jump as testing becomes more widespread. But he stressed that roadblocks and martial law for New York City were merely rumors. #Coronavirus #Covid19 #CoronavirusNYC

New York has confirmed more than 4,000 cases statewide, which Cuomo said was driven by a dramatic increase in testing. New York has cumulatively tested 22,000 people, including more than 7,500 in the past day.

“Why are you seeing the numbers go up?” Cuomo asked at a news conference. “Because you are taking more tests.”

The administration said more than 7,500 tests for the virus were performed in New York in the past day and Cuomo expects the number of confirmed cases to go up exponentially.

COVID-19 causes mild symptoms in most people but can cause serious illness for some, including older adults and those with certain conditions such as respiratory illness.

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