New York, New Jersey and Connecticut introduce quarantine for a number of states
Travellers arriving in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut from COVID-19 ‘hot spots’ will be subject to a 14-day quarantine. New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, made the announcement on Wednesday that the quarantine would apply to travellers from states with a high infection rate of the virus.
The infection rate is based on the number of cases per 100,000 residents on a seven-day rolling average. States currently above the level include Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah and Texas. The levels in each state will be monitored daily, so which states the quarantine applies to could change regularly.
Cuomo said: “We worked very hard to get the viral transmission rate down. We don’t want to see it go up because a lot of people come into this region and they can literally bring the infection with them”.
Visitors from highly infected states will be trusted to self-isolate voluntarily. Anyone found going against the advice will be fined and undergo enforced quarantine.
New York was once the epicentre of the virus in the USA and its residents were previously subject to quarantine if visiting Florida and Texas. But thanks to the rate easing since March, New York City went into phase two of lifting its lockdown on Monday, allowing retail stores and hairdressers to open, as well as outdoor dining.
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