New York State’s Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday tightened the restrictions on businesses remaining open during an outbreak of the novel coronavirus that grows steadily, with some 8,000 confirmed cases state-wide.

Under an executive order that takes effect on Sunday evening, Cuomo said that all non-essential workers should stay home, cancelled non-essential gatherings and ordered the elderly and infirm to stay indoors.

Making a public address in Albany, the state capital, Cuomo, a Democrat, said the new rules were not “helpful hints” for New York State’s population of some 20 million but that they “will be enforced”.


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