Casinos ordered to shut down in Las Vegas for 30 days over Coronavirus fear

It includes casinos, restaurants and hotels in Las Vegas

The governor of Nevada, Steve Sisolak, ordered all the casinos and hotels located in Las Vegas, Carson City, Reno and all the other cities to close for a month, in a press conference which was held at the Grant Sawyer State Office Building on March 17.

The Nevada governmetn instructed all the non-essential business in the state to remain close starting from Wednesday. Sisolak mentoned that only the essential services including fire,transit, police and healthcare ones will stay open. The less essential services such as beauty salons and barbershops must remain close until further notice

"This is not the time for playdates, sleepovers, concerts, theater outings or athletic events. This is not a vacation and it's not a time to catch up with friends. It's definitely not a time to go to the movies. Every social contact increases your risk of exposure," he said.

Most of the infected patients have mild symptoms

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Sisolak informed that hospitals of Nevada are all prepared to deal with patients affected by the virus.The governor mentioned that most of the infected patients have mild symptoms. He suggested it is everybody's duty to stand up to their roles in stopping the spread of the virus by staying at home.

While talking about World Health Organization he said that according to WHO, number of secondary patients who get infected by the first patient is around two for coronavirus. It is spreading comparatively faster than flu, which is alarming.

Coronavirus status as of 17 March, 2020
Coronavirus status as of 17 March, 2020 GISAID

Aggressive strategies are required

After the announcement of the closure of the non-essential businessses the governor added, "My ultimate goal here is to come together as Nevadans to save lives. That requires aggressive strategies aimed at mitigating community spread. Medical professionals have made it abundantly clear that there is currently no treatment. While a vaccine is being developed, we don't have time to waste."

While concluding, he informed that this is likely to be his last press conference in person. He will continue to update people through other methods like videos, emails and state's health responsible website.

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