NEWS White House warns Christie and Cuomo over Ebola quarantine rules


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White House officials warned the governors of New York and New Jersey of the “unintended consequences” of quarantining all medical workers returning from west Africa, as a political crisis deepened on Sunday over how to counter public fears about the spread of Ebola in the US.
At first, amid a barrage of criticism from aid organisations, medical experts and the mayor of New York, the governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, and his New York counterpart, Andrew Cuomo, defended their plans, which provide for the mandatory 21-day quarantine of anyone returning from west Africa after direct contact with people suffering from Ebola.
Cuomo later relented, bringing his state more into line with federal standards. In New York, returning healthcare workers will now be quarantined at home and receive twice-daily monitoring from medical professionals. The state will also compensate any lost wages. On Friday, Cuomo had said such workers would be held in a government-regulated facility.

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