Washington. (Xinhua) – United States President Donald Trump said today that he is considering a quarantine short-term for the state of NY as the coronavirus outbreak situation continues to worsen there.
I am giving consideration to a QUARANTINE of developing “hot spots”, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. A decision will be made, one way or another, shortly.
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
March 28, 2020
The president told reporters outside the White House that in addition to New York, a “forced quarantine” could also be imposed on New Jersey and parts of Connecticut to contain the spread of the virus, adding that he will make the decision later today.
“We are thinking of some things. Some people would like to see New York quarantined because it is an access point … We may not have to, but there is a possibility that at some point today we will quarantine, short deadline, two weeks, over New York. Probably New Jersey, certain parts of Connecticut, “he said.
Trump analyzes quarantine for the entire state of New York. | Xinhua / Wang Ying
Departing for Norfolk, Virginia, to fire the Navy hospital ship, the USNS Comfort, which is heading to New York to help fight the disease, Trump said he spoke with New York Governor Andrew in the morning. Cuomo. “I would rather not, but we may need it.”
Cuomo, for his part, said at a press conference in his state in the afternoon that he did not discuss the quarantine with the president.
“I haven’t had those conversations,” said Cuomo. “I don’t even know what that means.”
“I don’t know how that could be legally applied, and from a medical point of view, I don’t know what would be achieved with that,” he added. “I don’t even understand what it is, I don’t like the sound of it.”
The Governor told reporters that a total of 52,318 people in New York State have tested positive for COVID-19, including 29,766 in New York City. The death toll has reached 728 in the state, he said.
In the afternoon, Trump said on Twitter that he is analyzing quarantine measures for the three states. “A decision will be made, one way or another, in no time.”