White House task force officials say anyone who left NYC should self-quarantine

A man wears a mask while walking down a New York City street.
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With so many new coronavirus cases coming out of New York City, the White House Coronavirus Task Force is asking anyone who passed through or left the city in recent days to enter a 14-day quarantine.

As of Tuesday afternoon, there are 25,665 confirmed coronavirus cases in New York state, with more than 14,904 cases in New York City. Dr. Deborah Birx, the coronavirus response coordinator, said roughly 60 percent of all new cases being reported in the United States are coming out of the metro New York City area.

"Everybody who was in New York should be self-quarantining for the next 14 days to ensure the virus doesn't spread to others no matter where they have gone, whether it's Florida, North Carolina, or out to far reaches of Long Island," Birx said during Tuesday's coronavirus task force briefing. She added that there are new infection hot spots across Long Island, which "appear to indicate that people leaving New York City are spreading coronavirus."

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