NEW YORK, may 1 – RIA Novosti. The authorities of new York plan to cover 100 miles (about 160 kilometers) of highways so they could walk pedestrians, observing the required distance in terms of the threat of coronavirus, said at a press conference, mayor bill de Blasio.

new York is in the center of the epidemic of coronavirus in the United States. The city has been identified, according to the authorities, 162 212 cases COVID-19, was hospitalized 41 648, died 12 571. Additionally 5295 deaths occurred presumably due to the coronavirus. The authorities require citizens to observe a distance of 6 feet (1.83 m). The penalty for violation of the distance can reach 1000 dollars.

“the opening of the streets (for pedestrians) will be another way in which we want to provide a distancing. Becomes warmer this is a new challenge for us,” said de Blasio.

“We have decided that we will open 40 miles in may and 100 miles (roads for pedestrian traffic – ed.) during this crisis,” he added.

According to him, emphasis will be placed on streets adjacent to parks. “We expect that there will be more people in a warm weather. We want to expand parks, if you want, opening these streets,” he said.

the world health organization on 11 March announced the outbreak of a new coronavirus infection COVID-19 pandemic. According to the latest world health organization, worldwide there have been about 3.1 million cases, more than 217 thousand people died.

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