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New York quarantine: travelers from eight more states will have restricted entry

Sixteen states are now subject to the tri-state's new travel restriction, which requires people from viral hotspots self-quarantine for 14 days

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New York quarantine: travelers from eight more states will have restricted entry
Karen DuceyREUTERS

After the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States, New York rapidly became the epicenter of the virus and still holds the most number of confirmed cases and deaths. That is why the Empire State has taken a slower approach to reopening their economy amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

Eight more states added to New York quarantine list

On Tuesday, it was confirmed that New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have doubled the number of quarantine-restricted states to 16 as the rate of new Covid-19 cases increases in the United States. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House's top infectious disease expert, told the Senate he could see new daily U.S. cases increasing to 100,000.

With the 4 July weekend around the corner, the tri-state expanded travel advisories requiring people arriving from eight additional southern and midwestern states to remain isolated for 14 days. This includes the following states:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • Nevada
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah

The requirement was first announced for eight states last week and as of Tuesday that number increased to 16. This travel advisory applies to anyone coming from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a seven-day rolling average, or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average. Essential workers are exempted from this travel advisory.

More than 2.6 million coronavirus cases in US

There are more than 2.6 million reported cases of the coronavirus in the United States, the epicenter of the virus worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University, and new cases in at least 36 states are trending upward compared to the previous week.