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The 'city that never sleeps' takes a nap

People cross the street in Times Square as rain falls on March 28, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by AFP)

They're the haunting streets of New York City empty like you've never seen them before, as residents of the Big Apple stay home to prevent further spreading of the coronavirus.

There are more than 100,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus throughout the 50 US states, but New York is the hardest hit, with approximately 52,000 cases, most of which are in New York City.

Since Sunday, March 22, New York City residents were ordered to stay home from work, unless they were essential workers. All non-essential gatherings and businesses open to the public were ordered closed. Bars and restaurants may provide takeout.

According to health authorities, peak cases are still several weeks away.

The US Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort is due to arrive on Monday and government officials are considering setting up temporary hospitals to respond to the health emergency.

(Source: Reuters)

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