People leaving NYC metro area urged to self-quarantine for 14 days

WH Urges People Who Left NY Recently To Self-Quarantine

Birx and Fauci Warn People Leaving New York Metro Area ‘Should Be Self-Quarantining’ for 14 Days

"Everybody who was in NY should be self-quarantining for the next 14 days to ensure the virus doesn't spread to others, no matter where they have gone - whether it's Florida, North Carolina, or out to far reaches of Long Island".

The coronavirus pandemic has killed 131 people in NY, as per latest data from the Johns Hopkins real time tracker.

"We're talking to them about it", Trump said.

USA officials say anyone recently in New York City should self-quarantine for 14 days to slow the spread of coronavirus.

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The recommendation comes the same day New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sounded his most dire warning yet about the coronavirus pandemic.

"Everybody who was in NY should be self-quarantining for the next 14 days to ensure that the virus doesn't spread to others", she said.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said New Yorkers who have been going to Florida, North Carolina and Long Island need to be careful. But what we're seeing now is that understandably, people want to get out of NY.

Zucker said that people should follow guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before dismissing the guidance issued by White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Debbie Birx late Tuesday.

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The warning against traveling outside of the region - and self-isolating if a person does - by the coronavirus task force comes a day after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ordering anyone arriving on a flight from the NY region to submit to self-quarantine for two weeks.

DeSantis said people could be "held accountable if they buck the law".

With its warmer climate, Florida is a favourite retirement spot for people from the colder northern states and 20 per cent of its population is over 65 - the age group most susceptible to COVID-19 - compared to 16 per cent nationally.

As of Monday afternoon, there were more than 20,800 positive coronavirus cases in NY state - the most in the country. Birx said this is more than what South Korea did in eight weeks. "For that reason, we're taking these steps and asking for the cooperation of the American people".

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Randomised clinical trials to find drugs that work against COVID-19 are now ongoing "on a number of candidates", Fauci confirmed.

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