Trump says he might ‘quarantine’ New York state
Washington: President Donald Trump said Saturday he is considering placing New York state — the worst-hit in the US by the coronavirus pandemic — under quarantine but he was vague about exactly what he meant by this.
"We’d like to see NY quarantined because it’s a hotspot – New York, New Jersey, maybe one or two other places, certain parts of Connecticut quarantined,” Trump said as he left the White House.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo, who spoke with Trump earlier Saturday, said this issue did not come up in those discussions.
"I don’t even know what that means,” Cuomo told a press briefing.
"I don’t know how that could be legally enforceable. And from a medical point of view, I don’t know what you would be accomplishing,” Cuomo said.
"But I can tell you, I don’t even like the sound of it. Not even understanding what it is, I don’t like the sound of it,” the governor said.
Medical workers decry ‘abysmal’ lack of coronavirus protection
Medical staff in America’s coronavirus hotbed New York are struggling with long hours and a dire need for protective equipment — and as infections surge, they increasingly fear for their own safety.
Doctors and nurses are working around the clock caring for patients hit by the fast-spreading infection, risking their lives on the front lines of the global crisis.
The same week the United States became the new epicenter of the pandemic — posting over 100,000 confirmed cases of infection, including more than 1,500 deaths — Kious Kelly, a nurse manager at a Manhattan hospital, succumbed to a fatal case of Covid-19. – AFP