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Five officers with the New York Police Department have voluntarily quarantined themselves after returning home from vacation locations that have been connected with the spread of COVID-19.

According to the New York Post, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said that all five are asymptomatic, but setting themselves aside out of an abundance of caution.

All five officers had traveled to places known to have had cases of coronavirus and subsequently volunteered to quarantine themselves out of an abundance of caution. One of the officers had vacationed in China, where the epidemic started.

The virus is now spreading more rapidly outside China, with mainland China recording just 119 new confirmed cases while hundreds of cases were reported globally.