BREAKING: Trump Considering Quarantining State of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut
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On Saturday, President Donald Trump announced that he was considering enforcing a quarantine on the state of New York as well as parts of New Jersey and Connecticut.
“We’d like to see New York quarantined because it’s a hot spot — New York, New Jersey, maybe one or two other places, certain parts of Connecticut quarantined. I’m thinking about that right now. 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,” President Trump said.
“This will be an enforceable quarantine, but hopefully we won’t need it,” he added.
“We’re looking at it and we’ll be making a decision,” the President said before departing to Virginia. “It will be for a short time if we do it at all.”
When asked if he would shut down the subway system in New York, President Trump said, “No we wouldn’t do that.”
Check out what the Daily Wire reported:
The president also dismissed the notion that he would deploy the National Guard to enforce quarantine rules. ‘We’re not going to need that,’ he said.
At a news conference Saturday afternoon, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said he didn’t know about the president’s thoughts on quarantining the state.
“I didn’t speak to him about any quarantine,” he said. “I don’t know how that could be legally enforceable, and from a medical point of view, I don’t know what you would be accomplishing,” he added. “Not even understanding what it is, I don’t like the sound of it.”
The governor said the number of confirmed cases in the state now stands at 52,318, including 29,766 in New York City. A total of 728 people in the state have died, Cuomo said.
Cuomo also announced that the best estimate for the peak number of COVID-19 cases in New York is still 14 to 21 days away.
The enforceable quarantine would apply for people leaving New York, Trump said. Over the last week, thousands of New Yorkers have left the state, the hottest spot in the country for the spread of SARS-CoV-2. One photo making the rounds showed private planes stacked up to take off.
“Restrict travel because they are having problems down in Florida. A lot of New Yorkers going down, we don’t want that,” President Trump said to reporters.
The President showed support for governors who were doubling down on travelers to and from their states including Washington and New York.
“We are very strong on people not leaving, especially certain states, and going to other states where they have less of a problem,” President Trump said at a press conference. “You are hearing constantly about people leaving New York and going down to Florida, and New York is obviously a hotspot.”
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