NY Gov. Cuomo presses ‘pause’ by imposes tough new controls as coronavirus spirals to 7,100 cases and 35 deaths

Gov. Cuomo dramatically ramped up New York’s coronavirus response on Friday by ordering a statewide lockdown that will shutter most businesses and places strict new restrictions on residents as the number of cases in the state surged above 7,000.

“When I talk about the most drastic action we can take, this is the most drastic action we can take,” the governor said as he ordered “non-essential” businesses to shut down starting Sunday evening.

New Yorkers are to stay indoors with limited exceptions for essential jobs and errands, emergencies and exercise as the number of COVID-19-related deaths rose to 35.

The majority of the state’s positive cases, 4,400, are in the five boroughs.