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The coronavirus has continued to spread at an alarming rate in New York City, prompting the White House response coordinator to say yesterday that anyone who has left or passed through the city should put themselves into quarantine for 14 days.

Also yesterday, Governor Cuomo warned that the rising number of cases in New York State could overwhelm the state’s health care system in about two weeks. New York City News He said the number of positive tests was doubling every three days, despite calls for people to stay indoors and for nonessential businesses to temporarily close.

“We haven’t flattened the curve, and the curve is actually increasing,” Mr. Cuomo said. “The apex is higher than we thought, and the apex is sooner than we thought.”

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Mayor de Blasio was considering shutting city parks and playgrounds. He said yesterday that he would give residents until Saturday night to show that they could practice social distancing. If not, he said, he would be prepared to close parks and playgrounds “for the foreseeable future.”

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will temporarily eliminate service on the B, W and Z subway lines because of an 87 percent drop in ridership. The 4, 5, 6, 7, J and D lines will run local on all or part of their routes. Bus service will also be cut by 25 percent.

[Subway service is cut by a quarter because of the coronavirus.]

New York State has tested about 91,000 people, Mr. Cuomo said, and has nearly 26,000 coronavirus cases. Press Release Distribution News More than 3,200 people have been hospitalized, and more than 210 have died, including the Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally.

New York needs up to 140,000 hospital beds, up from an earlier estimate of 110,000, Mr. Cuomo said. Right now, 53,000 are available. Also, 40,000 intensive care beds could be needed, he said. The state obtained 7,000 ventilators, he added, but needs 23,000 more.

[An “astronomical” surge will hit hospitals, Cuomo says.]

Women giving birth at the NewYork-Presbyterian and Mount Sinai Health System hospital networks are being told they must go through labor without partners or others by their side. Hospital officials said the rules were intended to help protect mothers and children during the coronavirus outbreak.

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