New York to require face coverings in busy public places

Published: Apr. 15, 2020 at 9:33 AM EDT
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Wednesday said state residents will be required to wear face coverings in public places where they are in contact with others.

The new mandate takes effect Friday and will require a mask or face covering on busy streets, public transit or any situation where people cannot maintain six feet of social distancing.

Cuomo says the daily one-day death toll continues to drop and was at 752 for Tuesday. He warned that the the state's official death toll is being revised based on new guidelines from the CDC. Early this week, New York’s total death toll topped 10,000.

New York City officials reported 3,778 “probable” deaths. The change in the city’s accounting of fatalities came after officials acknowledged that statistics based only on laboratory-confirmed tests were failing to account for many people dying at home before they ever reached a hospital.

Cuomo says hospital visits, including admissions to ICU units, continue to fall and stand at about 2,000 a day. "We're still in the woods," Cuomo said. "The good news is we can control the spread."

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