The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, rejected this Saturday the idea of imposing a quarantine in that and other neighboring states, a measure proposed by the President of the United States, Donald Trump, before the increase in cases of COVID-19 in the region.
“I don’t even know what that means. I don’t know how it could be legally applied. From a medical point of view, I don’t know what you would achieve,” Cuomo said when asked about it at a press conference, minutes after Trump spoke of that possibility. .
Cuomo, who has always avoided using terms such as “quarantine” or “confinement” for the tough restrictions imposed by COVID-19 in New York, stressed his opposition to these concepts, which he believes are triggering panic among the population and is no different. actually from actions already taken.RELATED
“Without even understanding what it is (the quarantine mentioned by Trump), I can tell him I don’t like the sound of it,” he told reporters.
Cuomo, who this Saturday had a telephone conversation with the president, assured that this topic was not touched on at all.
Trump, meanwhile, did not rule out quarantine in the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut in a statement in Washington.
“We would like to see a quarantine in New York because it is a hot spot – New York, New Jersey and maybe one or two other places, some parts of Connecticut. I’m thinking about it now. We may not do it but there is a possibility that at some point today we impose a forty, “said the president.
The president indicated that the quarantine would be for a short time, possibly two weeks.
Trump addressed the media before leaving for Norfolk, Virginia, where he plans to witness the departure of the hospital ship USNS Comfort, which will travel to New York to provide material to health centers.
According to the latest data provided by Cuomo, New York State has already confirmed 52,318 positive cases and 728 deaths, with more than 200 deaths in the last 24 hours.