Trump says potential quarantine will not affect trade 'in any way'

Clay Curtis
March 29, 2020

"We'll be announcing that one way or the other fairly soon", Trump said.

"A federal declaration of war", he told CNN. "It's totally opposite everything he's been saying. And I don't think the president is looking to start a lot of wars with a lot of states just about now for a lot of reasons".

New York City, New Orleans and other major cities expect to run out of ventilators and other medical supplies within days as the United States grapples with the highest number of coronavirus cases in the world.

US President Donald Trump decided late Saturday against imposing a broad two-week lockdown on NY and its neighbors after a strong pushback from local political leaders and warnings of the panic it could spark.

Regarding the CDC's order late Saturday night of a travel advisory for the people of New York, New Jersey and CT to have no domestic travel, the governor says this is NOT a lockdown, "It's nothing that we haven't been doing, non-essential people should stay home".

"What I do think is: we are gonna kill this virus".

"The coronavirus crisis does not mean our Constitution is suspended, and the Attorney-General remains vigilant against any actions that may violate the rights of New Yorkers", the spokesperson said.

On Wednesday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order mandating two-week self-quarantines for anyone arriving or recently arrived from NY.

All 50 USA states have reported some cases of the virus that causes COVID-19, but NY state has the most, with over 52,000 positive tests for the illness and more than 700 deaths.

He added that "we wouldn't" close the New York City subway and that "we're not going to need" the National Guard, explaining that he plans to speak with Cuomo later. Moreover, Cuomo also noted that any such move would "paralyse the economy". I do know we will kill this virus.

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Like numerous other countries affected by the coronavirus pandemic, Britain has brought in strict social distancing measures. Some 1.5 million clinically susceptible individuals have been suggested to defend themselves at house for 12 weeks.

Russian Federation said it would close its borders on Monday, despite reporting relatively low levels of the virus. "Trucks have to come in, food has to come in, mail has to come in".

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo earlier said he had no details on a possible quarantine order. This week, the state's hospitalization estimations were down markedly, from a doubling of cases every two days to a doubling every four days.

"I haven't had those conversations", Cuomo said when asked about Trump's comments.

Trump also wrote on Twitter hours earlier that he was "giving consideration to a quarantine of developing "hot spots", New York, New Jersey, and CT", adding that "a decision will be made, one way or another, shortly".

DeSantis, a Republican and a Trump ally, has repeatedly expressed his concern about travellers coming from the NY area to Florida, which has always had a large number of part-time residents from the northeast. "We don't want that", he said.

"He was obviously concerned what was going on with New York", Mnuchin said.

Madrid toughened a nationwide lockdown, halting all non-essential activities, though officials said the epidemic in the country seemed to be nearing a peak. "It cuts us off from everyone else", he said. "President Trump can actually do that".

Three new sites will be serving as places for emergency beds, said Cuomo, including South Beach Psychiatric Center in Staten Island, Westchester Square in the Bronx and Health Alliance in Ulster County, which will add 695 more hospital beds.

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has said that the administration is exploring different legal options for what the mechanism would be.

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