Trump Weighs “Enforceable” Quarantine Order For Greater New York, Including Conn. & NJ: Live Updates

Saturday, March 28, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
Sat, 03/28/2020

Summary:

Global case total tops 600k
Japan fast-tracks approval of treatment drug for COVID-19
Third UK minister self-quarantines after showing symptoms of virus
Trump weighing enforceable quarantine order for all of greater NY area
Trump tells NBC reporter that quarantines of New York, NJ & Conn. were “possible”
Italy case total surpasses China
Spain reports deadliest day yet
UK case total climbs north of 17k
Navy hospital ships leave for New York, LA
Shinzo Abe promises unprecedented stimulus package
Trump gives Pentagon power to call up retired soldiers and reservists
NYPD detective dies from COVID-19
Italian centennarian survives battle with COVID-19
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Update (1245ET): As the US scrambles to contain COVID-19 as New York emerges as the nation’s No. 1 hotspot, US media are reporting that President Trump is considering a national “quarantine” order affecting the entire tri-state area – that is, all of NYC, the greater New York area, north and most of central New Jersey and all of southern Connecticut.

NBC News described it as an “enforceable” quarantine, implying that the national guard, which has been deployed in the area, might be tasked with enforcing it.

In a video that surfaced a few minutes later, Trump can be heard telling an NBC reporter that he was looking at quarantines of New York, and “probably” New Jersey and parts of Connecticut. “They’re having problems down in Florida…and we don’t want that,” Trump said.

A few minutes later, Gov. Cuomo chimed in, telling a reported that he had no idea what Trump was talking about, even though Trump claimed to have just spoken to the governor, presumably about the possibility of a quarantine, which Trump said might be announced “some time today.”

Meanwhile, in New York, the NYPD has confirmed the death of a detective, the first on-duty serviceman to die from the virus. Another ~500 or so NYPD employees (that includes officers and civilians) have also been diagnosed.

Update (1220ET): In Lombardy, the number of confirmed cases climbed by 2,117 to 39,415, a sign that the outbreak might be starting to slow. But the death toll climbed by a startling 542 to 5,944.

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Update (1100ET): The Pentagon is taking steps to clarify its powers now that it has the ability to call up reservists and retirees.

PENTAGON SAYS IT HAS ACCELERATED THE PROCESS FOR HOW DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AUTHORIZES THE USE OF NATIONAL GUARD FORCES UNDER TITLE 32

Additionally, Italy has now passed China in total infections, with 86,498 to China’s 81,996. Following several days of back-and-forth criticism with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, whom President Trump infamously referred to as “that woman” and criticized for not taking the outbreak seriously enough, the president finally granted her request for a disaster declaration, as well as one for Massachusetts, according to White House statements released Saturday.

Finally, some good news out of Italy: A centenarian from northern Italy has reportedly been released from a hospital after a battle with COVID-19 that he managed to survive despite being a high-risk candidate with a weak immune system..

The man, identified only as “Mr. P”, was admitted to the hospital last week and released on Thursday, according to Gloria Lisi, the deputy mayor of the city of Rimini, told the local Italian language press.

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