Trump Addresses First Confirmed Coronavirus Death in US


President Trump is addressing the public amid news of the first U.S. death tied to the coronavirus outbreak.

The press conference addressed the administration’s efforts to contain the disease.

Vice President Mike Pence announced that the U.S. has expanded Iran travel restrictions and raised an advisory to Level Four (the highest level) for regions in South Korea and Italy.

This includes any foreign national who visited Iran within the last 14 days.

However, the President assured the public there was no need to panic adding that "our country is prepared for any circumstance."

"There's no reason to panic at all. This is something that is being handled professionally," he said from the White House.

Trump also praised the response so far and said next-steps include meeting with drug companies on Monday.

The first patient passed away on Saturday in the Seattle area.

"It is a sad day in our state as we learn that a Washingtonian has died from COVID-19. Our hearts go out to his family and friends. We will continue to work toward a day where no one dies from this virus,” Gov. Jay Inslee said in a statement.

Information about the patient in Washington who died from the illness was not immediately available.

President Donald Trump later clarified during the press conference that the "wonderful woman" who passed was in her late 50's and was "medically high-risk." Officials added that she was not infected by travel abroad, which means she could have contracted the illness in the U.S.

News of the death comes as three new cases in California, Oregon and Washington include patients who were infected by unknown means and did not travel overseas or come in contact without someone who had.

Trump added that while "additional cases in the United States are likely," he said that American's should continue living their lives. "Healthy individuals should be able to fully recover," he added.

According to NBC News, as of Saturday morning, the U.S. has 66 cases of coronavirus. Nine of those people have recovered.

The coronavirus outbreak, which started in China in December 2019, has spread rapidly and infected thousands in more than three dozen countries.

President Donald Trump hosted a press conference on Tuesday where Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the director of the CDC spoke. Dr. Messonnier said, “Ultimately, we expect we will see community spread in this country."

The New York Times reports that The U.S Food and Drug Administration announced on Saturday that it was authorizing labs to develop their own coronavirus tests to increase the country’s testing capacity.

Health officials believe the virus spreads similar to the flu through droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) encourages people to wash their hands thoroughly, use hand sanitizer, and cover their nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing to prevent the spread of germs.

They also discourage the general public from wearing face masks unless they are showing symptoms. The administration echoed this information during the conference.

Johns Hopkins University provided NBC News with data surrounding the spread of the coronavirus, which then was turned into an interactive map. The map shows the spread of the virus since late January, and how time has affected the global outbreak.

The news of the death comes shortly after President Donald Trump called the virus the Democrats’ new “hoax” during a rally in South Carolina on Friday night.

NBC News reports Democratic candidates called the charge “dangerous” and “disturbing.”

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