NBC NEWS: New York City sets up quarantine checkpoints to stop COVID-19 spread

Travelers venturing into New York City on Thursday found a new line of defense against the coronavirus manning checkpoints in all five boroughs — armed sheriff’s deputies.

Drivers heading into Gotham via the tunnels and bridges were pulled over at random. Commuters arriving at Penn Station and the Port Authority were scrutinized. And visitors disembarking at area airports were being required to fill out forms and provide contact information.

The questions from the deputies and other officials at the COVID-19 checkpoints were always the same: Where have you been? Where are you headed?

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