As coronavirus cases continue to rise in most states, the governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut announced a joint travel advisory Tuesday requiring all individuals traveling from states with significant community spread to quarantine for 14 days.
The advisory goes into effect at midnight Tuesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a press conference. Those violating the mandatory quarantine would be fined, Cuomo said.
The U.S. reported nearly 35,000 new cases on Tuesday – among the nation's largest single-day increases since the start of the pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Meanwhile, as President Donald Trump has blamed increased testing for the spike, infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci told House lawmakers Tuesday that in states where there is an increase in the percentage of people testing positive, it is a clear "indication that there are additional infections that are responsible for those increases."
The country's leading infectious disease expert also said he had never been given a directive to "slow the testing down," despite President Donald Trump's claim that he had asked officials to do so. Trump blamed the increase in cases on more testing, though health officials have said the growing number of hospitalizations and cases are due to more than just an increase in testing.
"When you have all those tests, you have more cases," the president said.
He added: "Then they’ll say, 'We have more cases.' We want to do testing. We want to do everything. But they use it to make us look bad."