New Yorkers fleeing coronavirus hotspot need to self-isolate, White House says

Elias Hubbard
March 25, 2020

"But to everyone who has left NY, because of the rate of cases, you may have been exposed before you left NY".

"And that's going to require really precision, granular data", Dr. Birx said on NBC's "Today" program.

United States health officials said they remained "deeply concerned" with New York City and the surrounding area as the coronavirus continues to spread across the country.

The top response coordinator for the White House's coronavirus task force, Dr. Deborah Birx, warned people who have been in the New York City metropolitan area to self-quarantine for the next two weeks if they've left town as the contagion continues to spread within the nation's largest city.

Dr. Anthony Fauci (R), director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks while President Donald Trump (C) and Vice President Mike Pence, listen during a briefing on the CCP virus pandemic, in the press briefing room of the White House in Washington, DC on March 24, 2020.

Thousands of New Yorkers have tested positive and New York City has been hit particularly hard.

"In New York [City], when they did the stay-at-home order, what did people do?"

"We don't want that to be another seeding point to the rest of the country, wherever they go", he said.

"The idea, if you look at the statistics, it's disturbing".

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Following the release of the figures earlier this month, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio imposed several measure to curb the spread.

Population density has been the main reason for the spike in numbers in the metro area, and especially New York City itself, with the spread of the novel coronavirus especially risky in clusters of people. Governor Ron DeSantis said that anyone flying in from the city and surrounding areas will face criminal penalties if they do not self-quarantine. The USNS Comfort, a US Navy hospital ship, is also preparing to deploy to NYC to intake trauma patients and alleviate the burden from local hospitals dealing with a high number of coronavirus-related cases.

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