CORONAVIRUS has left Las Vegas looking like a ghost town as the casinos close and gamblers abandon the city.
Dramatic pictures showed the city's famous strip and other landmarks deserted a day after Nevada's state governor asked all non-essential businesses to close.
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The city is known as a mecca for gamblers from around the world, and its center is made up almost entirely of casinos and hotels.
Iconic casinos like Caesar's Palace and the MGM Grand could be seen surrounded by empty streets, while normally bustling gambling floors lay deserted.
On Tuesday, governor Steve Sisolak requested all non-essential business to close for 30 days, and made the directive mandatory for casinos.
Announcing the move at a press conference, he said: "I have taken what I believe were the necessary steps to try to mitigate this pandemic and keep out community safe.
"Today it is clear additional steps must be taken immediately in order to slow the spread of this deadly virus.
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"[Experts] have advised me that the most effective course of action is to direct all Nevadans to stay home, and for all non-essential businesses to close to the public
"Only essential services should remain open."
He stopped short of issuing an executive order, a move the metropolitan police said would be necessary before they began responding to calls about businesses remaining open.
The announcements follow similar moves in cities across the US.
New York, where there are now nearly 3,000 cases and 20 deaths confirmed, school, museums, theatres, and libraries have been closed and residents have been asked to stay at home.
On the opposite coast, a total of seven million people in San Francisco and the Bay Area are now being told to stay in the their homes.
In total, the coronavirus has infected more than 6,500 people and killed at least 116 in the US since a first case was confirmed in late January.
The White House this week issued new guidelines for what people can do to slow the spread of the virus, adding that the guidelines were "simple to follow but will have a resounding impact on public health."
They said you should stay at home if you are experiencing any symptoms associated with coronavirus, if you are anyone in your household has tested positive for the virus, or if you are an older person or have underlying health conditions.
Asked at a press conference yesterday evening whether the measures represented a "new normal", the president said: "We'll see what happens.
"But they think August, could be July, could be longer than that."
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