White House coronavirus coordinator urges 14-day quarantine for recent New York visitors

The New York area is experiencing a surging volume of coronavirus cases and deaths.

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Deborah Birx on March 23, 2020
Deborah Birx on March 23, 2020
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March 24, 2020 - 7:26pm

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Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus coordinator, on Tuesday urged anyone who has recently departed from the New York City area to self-quarantine for two weeks due to the high volume of infections in the Big Apple.

"To everyone who has left New York over the last few days because of the rate of the number of cases, you may have been exposed before you left New York. ... everybody who was in New York should be self-quarantining for the next 14 days to ensure that the virus doesn't spread to others," she said  

Birx said that the 14-day quarantine should be based on when they departed from New York, noting that a person who left 4 days ago would only need to quarantine for ten days.

"About 56 percent of all the cases in the United States are coming out of that metro area and 60 percent of all the new cases are coming out of the metro New York area," she said.