President Trump announced that he will be hosting a press conference at the White House on Saturday afternoon to provide updates on the coronavirus outbreak. At the same time, NBC News reported that Washington state health officials had just announced the first death of the virus in the United States.
Trump confirmed the death at Saturday’s press conference: this 50-year-old woman from Washington state died on Friday night. He has reaffirmed his administration’s previous rapid response measures, including the decision early on to shut down flights between the U.S. and China. He also called upon American people ” do not panic and the US government is prepared for this possible pandemic.
Vice President Pence also announced the latest travel restrictions on Iran, Italy and South Korean: 1) restrict the U.S. entry from Iran 2) increase the travel warning for Italy and South Korea to highest level (level 4 “Do not travel”). He also announced that the U.S. government has stepped up its purchase of more medical masks in response to the outbreak.
New source: White House Youtube channel