U.S President Donald Trump decided against imposing a broad two-week lockdown on New York and its neighbors after a strong pushback from local political leaders and warnings of the panic it could spark.
"A quarantine will not be necessary," Trump tweeted, some eight hours after he stunned the New York metropolitan region, the epicenter of the U.S coronavirus outbreak, with a proposal to place it under quarantine to prevent residents from leaving.
The New York area has been the most seriously hit by COVID-19 in the United States, with more than 52,000 cases in New York state.
Trump had indicated earlier he was responding to worries in other states, particularly Florida, that travelers from the greater New York city area could spread COVID-19 in their communities. He told that "heavily infected" New Yorkers were a threat to Florida, a popular southern holiday destination for people in the northeast.