A look at the empty streets of NYC amid the virus

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A police officer walks across an empty 7th Avenue in a sparsely populated Times Square due to COVID-19 concerns, Friday, March 20, 2020, in New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ordering all workers in non-essential businesses to stay home and banning gatherings statewide. Nonessential gatherings of individuals of any size or for any reason are canceled or postponed. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

A desolate Times Square still lit up with no one on the streets. The usually bustling Grand Central Terminal empty, except for a lone traveler. Only a few people snapping selfies on the Brooklyn Bridge, instead of the horde of commuters and tourists that usually venture across the iconic span.

See a full gallery of the empty streets of NYC at the end of this story

Efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus have completely altered the usual New Yorker way of life, grinding the "city that never sleeps" to a halt in the last week after it became one of the nation's epicenters for the fast-spreading virus.

Nearly 2,000 people have been hospitalized in the state with the virus and 114 have died, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday. More than 15,000 have tested positive statewide, including 9,000 in New York City.

Virus Outbreak Empty New York Photo Gallery

In this Tuesday, March 17 photo, rain clouds hang over the downtown Manhattan skyline in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The handful people still roaming around the streets will become even fewer starting at 8 p.m. Sunday, when a new state order takes effect requiring all nonessential employees to stay home. Nonessential gatherings of individuals of any size or for any reason have also been canceled or postponed.

The impact on the usually bustling city were visible throughout Manhattan.

The Charging Bull, a popular tourist attraction near the Stock Exchange normally surrounded by tourists, stood alone with no one in sight. Once-packed subway cars had only a few passengers, almost all wearing face masks.

And a row of Broadway theaters were still illuminated even though they are shuttered until mid-April, a sign that the show will go on.

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