WH Urges People Who Left NY Recently To Self-Quarantine

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"We remain deeply concerned about New York City and the New York metro area", said Dr. Deborah Birx, the response coordinator for the White House coronavirus task force said at its daily news briefing on Tuesday night, March 24.

People fleeing New York City amid the coronavirus pandemic have been told to self-quarantine wherever they went for 14 days as White House officials sounded the alarm over the troubling spike in cases in the city.

Vice President Mike Pence then explained why the coronavirus task force is particularly focused on NY, saying that the NY metro area made up 60% of new cases in the country.

"To everyone who has left NY over the last few days, because of the rate of the number of cases, you may have been exposed before you left NY", she said.

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.


Where it stands: There are at least 14,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in New York City and least 131 people have died, with more than 50 deaths located throughout the rest of the state.

"We are starting to see new cases across Long Island that suggests people have left the city".

Johns Hopkins University data shows there have been more than 23,000 positive cases in NY state.

Fauci echoed that advice and said, "People want to get out of NY". The idea, if you look at the statistics, it's disturbing.

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.

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