The New York City subway, which usually provides uninterrupted service 24 hours a day, closed for the first time last night for a few hours to thoroughly disinfect all its wagons to prevent possible contagion from Covid-19, which also allowed the authorities to take in 139 homeless people.

Between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., the operators busied themselves cleaning floors, walls, bars, doors, windows and seats so that essential workers, the only ones recommended to use public transport, could travel to their jobs in peace.

On April 30, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that as of this Tuesday the subway will be closed daily for four hours, after images of homeless people camped out on subway trains caused a great stir in the city and led many to question the hygiene of public transportation.

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