Live updates: White House asks everyone who left coronavirus-stricken N.Y.C. area recently to self-quarantine for 14 days
Vice President Pence, along with other White House officials, stressed on March 24 that anyone who recently left New York should self-quarantine for 14 days. (The Washington Post)
Steven Goff and
March 24, 2020 at 4:31 p.m. PDT
The White House coronavirus task force, citing concern about the high infection rate in the New York City area, is asking everyone who has left that area recently to self-isolate for 14 days, wherever they are.
Deborah Birx, the response coordinator for the task force, said at a Tuesday news conference that 60 percent of all the new cases in the United States are coming out of the New York City metro area.
“To everyone who has left New York over the last few days, because of the … number of cases, you may have been exposed before you left New York,” Birx said.
President Trump said Tuesday that he wants the country “opened up” by Easter — April 12 — and continued to play down the dangers of the coronavirus pandemic even as experts warned of a worsening crisis.
Here are some significant developments:
- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said a 21-day shutdown would begin at midnight local time, extending restrictions to the entire nation of more than 1.3 billion.
- The Tokyo Olympics have been postponeduntil 2021.
- The rate of infection in New York — the pandemic’s epicenter in the United States — is doubling every three days, with confirmed cases topping 25,000. More than 50,000 cases have been confirmed nationwide.
- The number of confirmed cases around the world passed 400,000, suggesting that the global pace of infection continues to increase. Italy reported 743 new deaths, bringing the country’s total to 6,820. France became the fifth country to mark more than 1,000 coronavirus deaths.
- Stocks posted one of their best days everon Tuesday, a sign of investor belief that Congress has no alternative than to pass a $2 trillion rescue of a U.S. economy that is on life support.
- Terrence McNally, celebrated playwright who chronicled gay lives, died at 81 from complications of covid-19.
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