Donald Trump 'considers' quarantine of New York but says it 'won't be necessary’

Donald Trump has rejected ordering a lockdown for the coronavirus hotspots of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, saying a quarantine ‘will not be necessary’.

Mr Trump announced in a tweet that the quarantine, would notgo ahead and a travel advisory would be issued instead.

It urged residents of the three states to avoid all butessential travel for two weeks.

New York governor Andrew Cuomo had said earlier that roping off states would amount to ‘a federal declaration of war’.

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The governors of Florida, Maryland, South Carolina and Texashave ordered people arriving from the New York area to self-quarantine for atleast 14 days upon arrival.

In a more dramatic step, Rhode Island police have begun pulling over drivers with New York plates so that the National Guard can collect contact information and inform them of a mandatory, 14-day quarantine.

The US leads the world in reported cases with more than115,000. There were roughly 1,900 deaths recorded by Saturday.

All 50 states have reported some cases of the virus but NewYork has the most, with over 52,000 positive tests for the illness and morethan 700 deaths.

About 7,300 people were in New York hospitals on Saturday night, including about 1,800 in intensive care.

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