Trump says he's considering short-term quarantine of New York, New Jersey, parts of Connecticut

President Donald Trump said that he's considering a short-term quarantine of New York state, and surrounding areas, as cases of coronavirus continue to rise.

(CNN) -- President Donald Trump said Saturday that he's considering a short-term quarantine of New York state, New Jersey, and parts of Connecticut, as cases of coronavirus continue to rise.

"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," he told reporters as he departed the White House.

"I'd rather not do it, but maybe we need it," the President said.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during a news conference in his state that he spoke with Trump, but that the two had not discussed a quarantine for the state. Cuomo went on to say he didn't know what such a quarantine would mean.

As of Saturday morning, New York had 519 reported deaths due to coronavirus and 4,635 reported cases — making it the state with the most reported cases in the US, according to CNN Health's tally.

This is a breaking news story and has been updated.

CNN's Jason Hoffman and Sheena Jones contributed to this report.

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(7) comments

Brian C. Duffy

Trump has no idea (and neither do we) what he's talking about? The governors and mayors have already instituted quarantines. Does Trump mean a lockdown? That violates the Commerce Clause. What would it look like? Does the military close every road? Get pulled over and given a ticket? Legally, individual States can set up road blocks and check points if they have the manpower, but again, what is the enforcement penalty? Fill the jails? Laughable.

Brian Duffy

~~ Tariffville, CT

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Stay in NY and stop trying to infect everybody else. NY has always been filled with selfish people.

Verdad

It is already in every state.

Connecticut!

That border should have closed days ago. Keep it closed until this is over. Lamont needs to step up or Washington will do it.

x_lab_tech

You gotta watch out for them big city folk from that there Big Apple. We have to keep us Connecticut bumpkins safe!!!!

JustWontQuit

What's, eh?

Blavigne

For once, I support what Trump wants to do - keep those New Yorkers ISOLATED!

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