President Donald Trump asked the Centers for Illness Control and Avoidance to release a “strong” travel advisory on New York, New Jersey and Connecticut on Saturday night after recommending a federal quarantine on those states previously in the day.
“A quarantine will not be necessary,” Trump stated, strolling back his earlier declarations.
2 hours after Trump’s statement, the CDC formally provided the travel advisory, prompting homeowners to avoid “domestic travel” for a minimum of 14 days.
Employees who are thought about “employees of critical infrastructure industries”, consisting of truckers, public health specialists, financial service and food supply employees, are exempt from the advisory.
Prior to leaving the White House previously Saturday, Trump informed press reporters he was thinking about an “enforceable quarantine” of New York and the surrounding locations as part of a short-term strategy to combat the coronavirus.
He informed press reporters he wished to execute the procedure in New York since of the severe variety of cases of COVID-19, the illness brought on by the infection, in the state. He stated surrounding states might be quarantined too.
“We’d like to see New York quarantined because it’s a hotspot — New York, New Jersey, maybe one or two other places, certain parts of Connecticut,” Trump informed press reporters outside the White House.
“We might not have to do it but there’s a possibility that sometime today we’ll do a quarantine — short-term, two weeks for New York, probably New Jersey and parts of Connecticut,” he added.
The strategy would have limited people in New York and other federally quarantined states from taking a trip to other parts of the nation and would have not affected truckers or interstate trade.
“They’re having problems down in Florida. A lot of New Yorkers are going down. We don’t want that. Heavily infected,” Trump informed press reporters.
“This does not apply to people such as truckers from outside the New York area who are making deliveries or simply transiting through,” he stated. “It won’t affect trade in any way.”
Quickly after he revealed prepare for the quarantine, Trump tweeted that a decision about whether to quarantine the area would be made soon.
“A decision will be made, one way or another, shortly,” he composed.
At his own interview in Albany, New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) stated he didn’t “know what that means” when inquired about Trump’s possible quarantine of New York.
“I don’t know how that could be legally enforceable. From a medical point of view, I don’t know what you’d be accomplishing,” he stated. “But I can tell you, I don’t even like the sound of it. Not even understanding what it is, I don’t like the sound of it.”
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