TRENTON, N.J. (CBS/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. On Saturday, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced over 2,000 new COVID-19 cases, raising the statewide total to 11,124. New Jersey also has 140 coronavirus-related deaths.

“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.

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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 U.S., according to CNN Health’s tally.