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Coronavirus in NY: Cases spike overnight, Cuomo denies NYC quarantine rumors

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A Department of Health employee trains New York Army National Guard soldiers to register people on iPads at a drive-thru coronavirus disease (COVID-19) mobile testing center in Glenn Island Park, New Rochelle. (VIA REUTERS)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday tried to assure reporters that there are no plans to quarantine New York City amid the coronavirus outbreak — as he announced the number of cases statewide spiked 432 overnight to 1,374.

The jump was driven by a 187-case rise in the Big Apple, for a total of 644 cases.

But as Mayor Bill de Blasio admitted he’s mulling a shelter-in-place edict, Cuomo sought to assure reporters he has no current plans to order the city closed.

“People will panic at the thought of being quarantined,” Cuomo said at a press briefing Tuesday.

Cuomo said 264 of the state’s COVID-19 patients are hospitalized.

Westchester County has 157 new cases, with a total of 380 to date.

The spike in cases comes as the Empire State has stepped up its testing capacity.

Cuomo likened the new reality in the midst of the worldwide pandemic as a snow globe that has been shaken up.

New York Post

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