New Jersey is now reporting more virus deaths than New York.

Gov. Philip D. Murphy of New Jersey reported another 311 deaths from the coronavirus on Friday.

It was a drop from Thursday, when the state reported 460 deaths. State health officials explained on Friday that the number of deaths reported on any given day includes many deaths that can go back weeks and are newly classified as virus-related.

But Friday was the second straight day that New Jersey reported more deaths than New York, which has more than twice as many people.

Even as the virus’s effects have waned in New York, New Jersey’s progress against the virus on some fronts remains days or weeks behind.

In the last few days, virus patients have been entering hospitals, remaining in hospitals, and testing positive in New Jersey at considerably higher rates, per capita, than in New York.

He said New Jersey residents were being “trusted” with a big test this weekend, and he urged people to wear masks and avoid “knucklehead behavior with people ignoring social distancing.”

“If we see that again we will not hesitate to close the parks,” he said. “We are not out of the woods yet.”

With lovely weather ahead, mayor closes streets but warns, ‘We cannot let up now.’

On the first day of May, with 70-degree temperatures expected on Saturday, Mayor de Blasio pleaded with New Yorkers on Friday to resist the impulse to gather outdoors and warned of the dangers still presented by the coronavirus.

The closures were originally scheduled for Monday, but on Friday night, Mr. de Blasio said on Twitter that city agencies and the Police Department would start the program early.

The streets outside parks include ones near Williamsbridge Oval in the Bronx, Prospect Park in Brooklyn, and Carl Schurz Park in Manhattan. The ones inside parks include Fort Tryon Park in Manhattan, Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, and Silver Lake Park on Staten Island.

The New York Police Department also said it would deploy more than 1,000 officers across the city over the weekend to ensure that people were properly social distancing.

The mayor cited figures showing the city’s progress against the virus during the month of April. Daily hospital admissions for suspected virus cases are down more than 80 percent. The percentage of those tested for the virus testing positive is down to 23 percent, from 71 percent.

But he also said that 202 people in the city had died of the virus yesterday, and more than 2,600 new cases were confirmed.

Just after 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, a transit worker got on a No. 2 train at the last stop in the Bronx and leaned in close to a man slumped in a seat. He was wearing a large hooded jacket and had a dark scarf wrapped around his mouth.

“Wake up!” the woman shouted.

The man didn’t flinch. It took another worker rapping the railing with a metal tool to get him to stand up.

The man, who gave his name only as Victor C., said in an interview on the platform that staying on the train was a point of pride: “People not wanting to burden their family, not wanting to count on the government.”

Generations of homeless people have used New York City’s subway as protection against the elements and a place to unsoundly sleep.

But with little access to showers or medical care, they have become a health hazard during the coronavirus pandemic. And with ridership down 92 percent, images of them splayed across otherwise empty cars have become searing symbols of the city’s precarious condition.

So on Thursday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio and transit officials reached a consensus: Putting the city on track to eventual reopening, and restoring public confidence in public transportation, required an extraordinary step.

Mr. Cuomo and Mr. de Blasio said they would work to help them get shelter.

“It’s an unacceptable reality and this new plan will disrupt that unacceptable reality and allow us to actually get help to people more effectively,” Mr. de Blasio said.

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Reporting was contributed by Andy Newman, Sarah Maslin Nir, Eliza Shapiro, Nate Schweber, Matt Stevens and Nikita Stewart.



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