- US health officials said they are "deeply concerned" about New York City and the surrounding area as the coronavirus continues to spread across the country.
- Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said people who were recently in New York should quarantine themselves for 14 days.
- "Because of the frequency of the cases, you may have been exposed before you left New York," she said.
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US health officials said they are "deeply concerned" about New York City and the surrounding area as the coronavirus continues to spread across the country.
Approximately 56% of coronavirus cases in the country come from the New York area, Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, during a press conference on Tuesday afternoon. The number represents approximately 60% of new cases, and approximately 31% of coronavirus-related deaths are local, Birx said.
"For anyone who has left New York in the past few days, the number of cases may have exposed you before you left New York," said Birx. "Anyone who has been to New York should quarantine themselves for the next 14 days to ensure that the virus does not spread to anyone, no matter where it went – whether it is Florida, North Carolina or far away Areas of Long Island. "
"This will be very important for these people to self-quarantine in their homes for the next 14 days to make sure they don't pass the virus on to others based on the time they left New York," she added .
President Donald Trump agreed, adding that "New York City is definitely a very hot spot".
With over 25,500 cases on Tuesday, New York remains the state with the highest number of coronavirus patients. New Jersey ranks second with just over 3,600 cases. By Tuesday, at least 653 people in the United States had died from the new corona virus. Around 51,000 cases have been reported in all 50 states, Washington DC and the United States.
After the figures were released earlier this month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio took several measures to curb the spread. Cuomo declared a Emergency In early March, Trump approved the distribution of federal funds to help the state. USNS Comfort, a U.S. Navy hospital ship, is also preparing to deploy in NYC to accommodate trauma patients and reduce the burden on local hospitals dealing with a high number of coronavirus cases.