United Airlines to temporarily cancel approximately 90% of flights to New York, New Jersey

United Airlines has announced it plans to cancel up to 90% of its flights into and out of Newark and LaGuardia airports during the coronavirus pandemic, the company said.

The decision comes after the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to refrain from travelling within the country for 14 days.

New York governor Andrew Cuomo reported the state recorded its largest daily increase in new COVID-19 cases as 10,841 positive tests were reported, with deaths rising by 630. The total number of COVID-19 cases reported in the state since the start of the outbreak has reached 3,565. About 15,905 people are now receiving treatment for the disease in hospitals, and 4,126 of those are currently in intensive care units.

As of 4 April, the number of coronavirus cases nationwide has reached 277,205, with the death toll standing at almost 6,600, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention data shows. According to the Johns Hopkins University dashboard, the US has registered nearly 302,000 cases with over 8,000 fatalities. More than 14,000 patients have recovered.