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NYC Stopping Subways Overnight to Disinfect Trains

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May 1, 2020 - Today in the world of coronavirus news

New York City will shut down subway service from 1 to 5 a.m. daily starting May 6 so trains and stations can be disinfected, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Thursday on its website.

The city is the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, with at least 12,571 confirmed coronavirus deaths and 5,295 probable coronavirus deaths, according to the city website.

The MTA said it has launched a free “essential connector” service to provide transportation for essential workers, such as health care workers and first responders, during those four hours of cleaning.

“Essential Connector riders will be limited to two trips per night on for-hire-vehicles and must show proof of essential travel with appropriate credentials. Riders who do not have a smartphone will be able to request a ride through a dedicated number,” the MTA said.

MTA bus service will continue to operate 24/7.

"It is a massive undertaking that we have never done before," Cuomo said at a news conference, according to NY1.

WebMD Health News Brief Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava, MD on May 01, 2020

Sources

Metropolitan Transportation Authority. “Subway and Bus Service During the Coronavirus Pandemic.”

City of New York: “COVID-19 Data.”

Spectrum News, NY1: “NYC Subways to Close From 1 AM to 5 AM Daily for Full Cleanings.”

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