Trump Hints At Quarantine Of New York, New Jersey, And Connecticut
President Donald Trump on Saturday told reporters he was considering implementing a forced quarantine order for a number of states hit hard by coronavirus.
“Some people would like to see New York quarantined because it’s a hotspot,” Trump said, per reporting from CNN.
Trump seemed to be wishy-washy on the subject, however, but said that two other states may also be subject to the quarantine.
“We might not have to do it, but there’s a possibility that sometime today we’ll do a quarantine, short-term, two weeks on New York. Probably New Jersey, certain parts of Connecticut,” Trump explained.
“I’d rather not do it, but we may need it,” he added.
The president also tweeted about the matter. “I am giving consideration to a QUARANTINE of developing ‘hot spots’, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut,” he wrote.
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
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was skeptical about the idea, stating that he wasn’t sure it was a feasible plan — one that might not be enforceable, nor do much good in the long run.
“I don’t even know what that means,” Cuomo said of Trump’s proposed idea. “I don’t know how that could be legally enforceable. And from a medical point view, I don’t know what you would be accomplishing…But I can tell you, I don’t even like the sound of it.”
New York has indeed been hit hard by the spread of COVID-19, with more than 52,000 documented cases reported so far, according to John Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center. New Jersey has more than 8,000 cases, and Connecticut has recorded nearly 1,300 so far.
There are over 112,000 cases in the United States as of 2 p.m. Eastern Time, although that number could be much, much higher, according to some biostatisticians’ estimates.