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Cuomo says no to martial law, yes to more business restrictions

Cuomo said he is fighting rumors that he is going to imprison people in their homes or that there will be “a roadblock around New York City.”

Posted: Mar 19, 2020 11:09 AM
Updated: Mar 19, 2020 12:19 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he is not going to impose martial law as he seeks to quell what he says is panic over the possibility of a New York City residents being told to shelter in place.

Cuomo said on CNN Thursday that he is “as afraid of the fear and the panic” as he is of the coronavirus. Cuomo said he is fighting rumors that he is going to imprison people in their homes or that there will be “a roadblock around New York City.”

Cuomo ordered businesses to keep at least 75% of their workers at home as increased testing created a surge in the number of known coronavirus cases.

COVID-19 causes mild symptoms in most people but can cause serious illness for some. New York has confirmed more than 4,000 cases statewide, a jump Cuomo said was driven by a dramatic increase in testing.

(Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.)

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