Roughly 1 in 1,000 people in and around the city are infected, White House officials said Tuesday evening, warning that those who leave the city risk seeding the infection in new places.
“We have to deal with the New York City metropolitan area as a high risk area,” said Vice President Mike Pence, head of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.
The rate of infection in New York State, where more than 25,000 cases have been confirmed, is now doubling about every three days, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced in a heated press conference earlier Tuesday.
“Everybody who was in New York should be self-quarantining for the next 14 days to ensure that the virus doesn’t spread to others.”
“Everybody who was in New York should be self-quarantining for the next 14 days to ensure that the virus doesn’t spread to others, no matter where they have gone, whether it’s Florida, North Carolina or out to far reaches of Long Island,” said Dr. Deborah Birx, a member of the coronavirus task force.
About 60% of all new cases in the U.S. were being recorded in the New York City area, Birx said, adding that there is already evidence of people from New York City taking the virus with them when they leave.