President Donald Trump said his government has done an “incredible job” forestalling the spread of coronavirus after the governor of the state of California said they are observing 8,400 people for symptoms of exposure.
The United States has 15 people who got infected “instead of thousands of people,” Trump told the media Thursday at the White House, including that most are doing better. He attributed the government’s decision to close borders, a reference to limitations on travelers from China.
Worldwide stocks dip to four-month lows, government debt is sunken to anomalous levels and crude oil stretched declines as concerns over the spread of the coronavirus intensified.
The outbreak can possibly turn into a pandemic and is at an unequivocal stage, the head of the World Health Organization said Thursday. The global economy is heading for its most fragile year since the 2008 financial crisis as the infection hampers demand in China and in other places, Bank of America predicted.
California Governor Gavin Newsom said the state is observing around 8,400 people for signs of the virus after they made a trip to Asia.
Trump said the number of people affected could increase before the situation gets better, or the virus could go away. The president likewise said the virus is “really above politics” however proceeded to censure the top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer of New York.
Also, Trump asked Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to talk about coronavirus at a black history event at the White House.“We have really been able to keep the risks to Americans low right now,” he said, crediting Trump. “That could change. That’s why it’s important for all of us to prepare.”
Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday he is currently leading the administration’s coronavirus task force instead of Azar.
In addition, Thursday, a lawyer representing a whistle-blower accused the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services of a “failure to protect its employees” responsible for responding to coronavirus.
The whistleblower alleged that HHS officials sent over a dozen workers to help quarantined Americans evacuate from China, without giving protective equipment or required training- a move that potentially exposed them to the coronavirus infection.