Andrew Cuomo to increase National Guard enforcement of coronavirus travel restrictions

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will enforce new testing requirements for entering New York by increasing the amount of National Guardsmen at airports amid a spike in COVID-19 cases.

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Cuomo announced the move at his Friday press conference.

The entry rules that Cuomo announced last week require people traveling to New York to provide a negative coronavirus test before entering and then take another one four days after they arrive. New Yorkers who return from traveling within 24 hours of leaving New York only have to take a test after reentering, not before. Travelers who fail to comply must quarantine for two weeks.

“I want people to know we’re serious,” Cuomo said about increasing the National Guard’s presence. He said that he had also spoken with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio about increasing the amount of local law enforcement to assist with enforcing the testing requirements.

New York experienced almost 3,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, the highest total in months.

Additionally, Philadelphia is considering new restrictions as cases rise in the city.

“Everything is on the table now,” Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said in an interview with the local CBS affiliate. He did not provide specifics on which restrictions were being considered.

On Friday, health officials in Philadelphia reported 742 news cases of COVID-19. The positivity rate is now at 14%.

Tags: News, Healthcare, Coronavirus, New York, New York City, Andrew Cuomo, Bill de Blasio, National Guard, National Security, Foreign Policy

Original Author: David Hogberg

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