President Donald Trump said late Saturday a quarantine for coronavirus hotspots in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut wouldn't be necessary but instead the Centers for Disease Control issued a "strong travel advisory" for the states.
Trump said in a tweet that the CDC would issue the advisory but offered few other details.
Following Trump's tweet, the CDC said on its website Saturday night that it recommended residents of the three states refrain from travel for 14 days.
"The CDC urges residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately. This Domestic Travel Advisory does not apply to employees of critical infrastructure industries, including but not limited to trucking, public health professionals, financial services, and food supply."
Early Saturday, Trump said he was considering a short-term quarantine of New York, New Jersey and certain parts of Connecticut to stem the rising cases of coronavirus Covid-19.
"We're thinking about certain things. Some people would like to see New York quarantined because it's a hotspot,” the president said.
“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," he told reporters Saturday.
Trump early Saturday didn’t provide specifics about the quarantine but did say travel restrictions could be imposed from New York and New Jersey.
New York has become the epicenter of the outbreak in the United States, with more than 52,000 of the country's cases in New York state.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he wasn’t sure if a quarantine “could be legally enforceable.”
“I don’t even know what that means,” Cuomo said Saturday, shortly after the president brought up the idea of a quarantine. “I don’t know how that could be legally enforceable. From a medical point of view, I don’t know what you would be accomplishing. I don’t even like the sound of it.”
In a later interview, Cuomo said roping off states would amount to “a federal declaration of war.”
Cuomo said Saturday that the apex of the pandemic in New York was still 14 to 21 days away.
As of Sunday, more than 665,000 people around the world had contracted coronavirus Covid-19, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, with 30,851 deaths.
In the U.S. - which now has the most coronavirus cases - 124,665 cases of the virus have been confirmed with deaths totaling at least 2,000.