CORONAVIRUS

Fauci Says Trump Agreed Not To Impose Strict Quarantine After Intense White House Discussions

Mar 29, 2020, 9:12 AM | Updated: Jul 1, 2022, 11:09 pm
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, National Insti...
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci, Vice President Mike Pence, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield and Surgeon General Jerome Adams look on during a news conference at the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House February 29, 2020 in Washington, DC. Department of Health in Washington State has reported the first death in the U.S. related to the coronavirus. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

(CNN) — Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that President Donald Trump decided not to impose a strict quarantine on parts of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut after officials had “very intensive discussions” at the White House with the President last night.

Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that it was important not to enforce something that would create “a bigger difficulty,” and instead issue a travel advisory for the New York metro area.

“After discussions with the President we made it clear and he agreed, it would be much better to do what’s called a strong advisory. The reason for that is you don’t want to get to the point that you’re enforcing things that would create a bigger difficulty, morale and otherwise, when you could probably accomplish the same goal,” Fauci told CNN’s Jake Tapper.

Fauci said about 56% of the country’s new infections are coming from the New York City area.

After the number of reported U.S. coronavirus deaths doubled to more than 2,000 within two days, officials are advising residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut not to travel domestically.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the travel advisory Saturday, urging residents of the three states to “refrain from nonessential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately.” The states would have “full discretion” on implementing the advisory, which exempts employees in critical fields.

“What you don’t want is people traveling from that area to other areas of the country and inadvertently and innocently infecting other individuals,” Fauci said. “We felt the better way to do this would be an advisory as opposed to a very strict quarantine. And the President agreed, and that’s why he made that determination last night.”

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Fauci Says Trump Agreed Not To Impose Strict Quarantine After Intense White House Discussions