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White House public health expert says anyone who recently left New York should self-quarantine

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Washington (CNN) The White House's coronavirus response coordinator said Tuesday that anyone who has recently left New York should self-quarantine for 14 days in an effort to slow the spread of the virus in the US.

"To everyone who has left New York over the last few days, because of the rate of the number of cases, you may have been exposed before you left New York," Dr. Deborah Birx said at a White House press briefing, adding that "everybody who was in New York should be self-quarantining for the next 14 days to ensure that the virus doesn't spread to others."

"No matter where they have gone, whether it's Florida or North Carolina or out to the far reaches of Long Island," Birx said.

With surging positive tests, New York has become the epicenter of coronavirus cases in the US. Birx's guidance comes as more than 51,000 cases were reported nationwide by Tuesday afternoon -- more than half of them in New York.

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