People in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut were urged to "refrain from non-essential domestic travel" for the next two weeks by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the number of people killed by the coronavirus pandemic around the world surpassed 30,000.
The CDC travel advisory was issued after President Donald Trump decided against calling for a quarantine in the tri-state area, which has been hit hard by the epidemic. State officials had questioned whether he had the authority to implement a lockdown, and they accused the president of creating confusion.
Globally, the number of cases was at nearly 680,000 on Sunday afternoon, with the U.S. leading the way at 124,686 cases, data compiled by Johns Hopkins University showed. Coronavirus-related deaths in the U.S. doubled in just two days, surpassing 2,000 on Saturday, according to an NBC News tally.