Published: Wed, March 25, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

WH Urges People Who Left NY Recently To Self-Quarantine

WH Urges People Who Left NY Recently To Self-Quarantine

"We remain deeply concerned about New York City and the New York area", said Birx.

Birx said she has particular concern for those living in and coming from the New York City metro area.

In an extraordinary escalation of steps taken to mitigate the spread of coronavirus from NY, the White House announced that all visitors who recently left the city to self-quarantine for two weeks.

NY state accounted for 60 percent of all the new Covid-19 cases in the USA by Tuesday and nearly half the total cases, with 25,665 documented instances.

Health officials are now calling on anyone leaving the NY metro area to self-quarantine for 14 days in order to stop the spread of the deadly virus. But what we're seeing now is that understandably, people want to get out of NY.

Why it matters: "We don't want that to be another seeding point to the rest of the country", Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said at the coronavirus task force briefing on Tuesday. "They've suffered terribly through no fault of their own". They're going to Florida, they're going to Long Island, going to different places.

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

The rate of infection in New York City is eight to 10 times higher than in other parts of the country.

"We don't want it to become another seeding point", Fauci said, adding that anyone in the NY metropolitan area who traveled elsewhere should "monitor temperature, be sensitive to symptoms" and self-isolate for two weeks, in order to prevent further spread of the virus.

Earlier on Tuesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that the state is expecting a sudden surge in the need of respirators.

DeSantis said in an address from his Tallahassee office that more than 100 such flights arrive daily in the state and he believes each contains at least one person infected with the new coronavirus.

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