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NBC News 6 May 2020

New York City Subway Closes For Nightly Disinfection

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The New York City subway system will be closed nightly from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. to thoroughly clean and disinfect the trains.


New York City was open for business Monday as Phase One of reopening commences, but where are the people? We rode the trains and visited areas of New York City that are usually bustling with business and shopping traffic, only to find the streets nearly empty. Between 200,000 and 400,000 people were expected to return to work Monday, but you'd never guess it looking at the barren concourse in Grand Central Terminal. On subway platforms, indicators marking six foot spacing have been added.
New York City is the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in America and on Monday it will begin phase one of reopening. That means an estimated 400 thousand people will return to the workforce, but how will they get to work? Spreading the coronavirus on mass transit is a major concern. Subways, buses and commuter lines are being disinfected every day. Slowly the number of passengers is ticking up, going from 446,000 a day last month to 583,000 a day today.
The transit system in New York City is testing out more than 150 special ultraviolet lamps to eliminate the coronavirus on subway trains and buses during their overnight cleanings.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the hiring of over 1,700 individuals to help form a contact tracing team to combat the spread of coronavirus.

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