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Officials Have Warning for Those Leaving NYC

Dr. Deborah Birx says about 56% of coronavirus cases in US are coming out of NY metro area
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 24, 2020 6:23 PM CDT
Leaving New York? Self-Quarantine for 14 Days
An Emergency Medical Technician works as people line up outside Elmhurst Hospital Center to be tested for the coronavirus, Tuesday, March 24, 2020, in the Queens borough of New York.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

(Newser) – The woman in charge of the US response to the coronavirus says everyone leaving the New York metro area should self-quarantine for 14 days, the AP reports. Dr. Deborah Birx said at a White House briefing that people leaving the hardest hit area of the United States might not be sick, but could have been exposed to the virus. She advises people heading for other parts of the state or country to stay home for two weeks. Birx says about 56% of the cases in the United States are coming out of the New York metro area. Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is advising President Trump on the pandemic, says about one per 1,000 people leaving New York are infected. He says that's eight to 10 times more than in other areas. (Read more coronavirus stories.)

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