Texas requires New York, New Orleans travelers to quarantine

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FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, travelers make their way through Love Field airport in Dallas. Texas joined other states Thursday, March 26, 2020, in imposing quarantines on travelers from the New York area, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., and put similar restrictions on people arriving from nearby New Orleans as the number of cases there surges dramatically.(AP Photo/LM Otero)

By PAUL J. WEBER

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas is joining other states in imposing quarantines on travelers form the New York area, which is the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday that people arriving by plane from New Orleans also must self-isolate for two weeks. New Orleans is becoming a major center of COVID-19 worries as the number of cases surpassed 2,300 and deaths climbed to 86. Governors in Florida and Maryland announced similar restrictions this week pertaining to New York. Texas surpassed 1,400 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and 18 related deaths.