New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, was quick to criticize President Trump’s recent remarks about a possible quarantine of New York, and other “hot spots” around the country.
In an interview with CNN, Cuomo said that he didn’t think the idea was even legal, and that it would be a “federal declaration of war”.
“It would be chaos and mayhem,” Cuomo explained.”… I don’t think it’s plausible. I don’t think it’s legal.”
More than 52,000 of the nation’s over 113,000 cases are in New York, with officials believing the apex of the pandemic still 14 to 21 days away for that area.
Due to this concentration of cases in the area, Trump had this to say on his Twitter:
“We’re thinking about certain things. Some people would like to see New York quarantined because it’s a hotspot. … We might not have to do it, but there’s a possibility that sometime today we’ll do a quarantine, short-term, two weeks on New York. Probably New Jersey, certain parts of Connecticut.”
Cuomo explained how he thought the quarantine would cause an utter paralysis of the economy, saying that the effects would be dramatic for the entire country.
Cuomo further explained that he thought Trump’s proposal was more of a lockdown than a quarantine, similar to what happened to Wuhan, China at the outset of the virus’ outbreak.
Trump later backtracked on his comments, when the Center for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel advisory for the three states, something that Trump announced he had asked them to do.
It is important to note that none of the restrictions or regulations would prohibit trucks from getting into the states, in order for them to bring food, supplies, and help keep the economy somewhat afloat.
New York has been the center of attention throughout this pandemic due to its large amount of cases. While lockdowns are still an option, it doesn’t sound like completely cutting off the areas from the rest of the country is a legal option for the president’s administration.
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