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New York closes non-essential businesses, bans gatherings

NEW YORK — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo orders non-essential businesses to close and bans all gatherings, in an escalation of attempts to contain the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

Cuomo says fines would be handed out to anyone violating the order, which he says he will come into effect on Sunday evening.

“We’re all in quarantine now,” he tells reporters, adding that New York state was “on pause.”

— AFP

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