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New York asks residents to self-isolate after returning from S. Korea

All News 07:02 March 06, 2020

By Lee Haye-ah

WASHINGTON, March 5 (Yonhap) -- New York City is asking residents returning from South Korea and four other countries to self-isolate for 14 days as a precautionary measure against the spread of coronavirus, the office of the city's mayor said Thursday.

The office of Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the measure as the number of infections in the state of New York doubled overnight to 22.

This Reuters file photo shows New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at a news briefing in the Manhattan borough of New York City on March 2, 2020. (Yonhap)

"The Department of Health is asking New Yorkers who return from the following countries to self-isolate for 14 days as a precaution: China, Iran, Italy, South Korea, and Japan," it said in a press release.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that some 300 college students and faculty of the State University of New York and the City University of New York are being asked to return from their study abroad programs in the five countries over concerns about the virus.

He said the students will come back on a chartered plane and then be quarantined for 14 days in dormitory settings. The study abroad programs were being suspended, effectively immediately, he added.

The U.S. State Department has issued the second-highest travel advisory for South Korea, urging Americans to reconsider travel there, and the highest level for Daegu, asking that they do not travel to the country's hardest-hit city.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also issued the highest-level travel notice for South Korea, recommending that Americans avoid all nonessential travel to the country.

As of Thursday, there were 6,088 cases of the coronavirus in South Korea, with 42 deaths.


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