White House calls for 14-day quarantine for all leaving NY

President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr listens as Dr. Deborah Birx White House coronavirus response coordinator speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Briefing Room Monday

WH Urges People Who Left NY Recently To Self-Quarantine

Earlier in the day Tuesday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order saying people from NY and the tristate area who fly to Florida during the coronavirus pandemic will have to stay quarantined for two weeks after arriving there or they will be charged.

As of Tuesday afternoon, there are 25,665 confirmed coronavirus cases in New York state, with more than 14,904 cases in New York City.

The White House said Tuesday that New York City was the most critical area affected by the coronavirus outbreak and that people leaving the area should self-quarantine.

NY residents have been leaving for Florida, North Carolina, and Long Island to escape the disease, prompting officials to express concerns about spread.

Her message was reiterated by Vice President Mike Pence, who said the federal government is dealing with NY as "a high-risk area" and will continue to surge resources to the region.

New York City has become the epicenter of coronavirus cases in the United States in recent days.

"This will be very critical that those individuals do self-quarantine in their homes over the next 14 days, to they make sure they don't pass the virus to others based on the time they left NY", she added.

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

Fauci echoed that advice and said, "People want to get out of NY". In the USA, 50,000 have been infected and more than 600 have died.

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 unsafe in clusters of people.

"When they go to another place-for their own safety, they've got to be careful, monitor themselves, if they get sick bring it to the attention of a physician, get tested", Fauci said, and again reiterated that a self-isolation of two weeks since leaving NY "will be very important because we don't want that to be another seeding point for the rest of the country wherever they go".

Mr Pence said the federal government was "surging resources" to the NY area, including 4,000 ventilators in the next 24 hours.

Earlier Tuesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo lashed out at President Donald Trump for relying on corporations to fast-track the manufacture of life-saving ventilators.

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