'Based on the numbers, we can reopen' -NY Gov Cuomo

Exactly 100 days after the first coronavirus case was confirmed in New York City, some workers began returning to jobs on Monday (June 8) in a first phase of reopening from a citywide shutdown to battle the epidemic that killed nearly 22,000 of its residents.

People who had been staying home for months boarded subways and buses as the most populous U.S. city began a hopeful journey toward economic recovery.

Cuomo told reporters on Monday that the reopening guidelines for businesses work. "They have been enacted in every other region in the state. Those other regions have entered phase one, followed these guidelines and there has been no spike (in cases)," he said.