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    New York City has been the worst-hit coronavirus (COVID-19) hotspot in the world, having registered more than 28,000 fatalities, according to the US-based Johns Hopkins University.

    New Yorkers have decided to ditch social-distancing rules this weekend, as huge crowds have been spotted in bars and at the beaches in the NYC-area, the New York Post reported on Saturday.

    Citizens, mostly young people, have been spotted without masks, chatting, and drinking freely. Pictures have been shared on social media.

    A similar situation has been witnessed in New Jersey, where sun-seekers flocked to the beaches, according to a Twitter user, who noted how there was "little mask usage".

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said earlier that beaches in the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Delaware will open on 22 May for Memorial Day weekend with a limited capacity, adding that when social distancing is not possible, all visitors will have to wear face-coverings on the beach. However, any contact activities, including beach volleyball and football, will not be allowed.

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