The Grand Canyon Park in the United States was closed due to the coronavirus pandemic

The Grand Canyon National Park in the American state of Arizona was closed amid the worsening situation with the coronavirus in the country. This was announced on Thursday, April 1, by the U.S. National Park Service (NPS).

The decision to close immediately before the further notice was made by Acting Superintendent Mary Reaser with the support of Deputy Director of Operations for NPS David Well and U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt.

“As soon as we received a letter from the Director of Health and Human Services and Chief Health Officer of Coconino County recommending the closure of the Grand Canyon National Park, we closed the park,” the Service quotes the Interior Minister.

In addition, the report says that the health and safety of visitors to the park, its employees, residents, volunteers and partners is a priority for the NPS.

Earlier it was reported that 1374 people died in the United States over the past 24 hours because of the coronavirus. This is the highest number of deaths recorded in a day since the outbreak began in the world.

The country also leads in the number of cases. According to the latest data, by the morning of April 2, more than 215 thousand people were infected in the U.S., with more than 4.7 thousand patients deceased.