New York may start easing coronavirus restrictions in June

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An almost empty Times Square in April. | Kena Betancur / Getty Images

NEW YORK – New York will remain largely closed until at least June, but may begin easing restrictions next month if progress in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic continues, mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday.

“We are clearly not ready yet,” de Blasio told reporters at a press briefing on Monday.

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“Unless something miraculous happens, we are entering June,” he said. “June is the time when we will potentially be able to make real changes, if we can continue our progress. “

The virus killed 19,931 people in the city and the number of confirmed cases stands at 178,766, according to city data.

The school has already been canceled for the rest of the school year and public events have been suspended until the end of June. Under a state order – which could start slackening at the end of this week for less affected northern regions of the state – rallies of any size are prohibited, non-core businesses are closed, and people have to stay six feet apart.

In the latest data, the number of newly hospitalized patients for Covid-19 has dropped to 55, and the number of people in intensive care units in public hospitals has decreased slightly.

“We will always follow the data. It was pretty good and pretty consistent. This is not quite what we need, “said de Blasio. “We have to guard against a boomerang, and anytime if the data has started to change, then it delays the time when you can do any kind of loosening of restrictions.” “

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