On Wednesday, President Trump announced in a televised address that the U.S. is suspending all travel from Europe to the U.S. for 30 days beginning Friday at midnight in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.
The president struck a serious tone during his address from the Oval Office and said, “We made a lifesaving move with early action on China. Now we must take the same action with Europe.”
His address came hours after the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19
a global pandemic and the number of confirmed cases in the U.S. climbed to more than 1,200. Trump said the new travel exemptions do not apply to the United Kingdom.
“The virus will not have a chance against us. No nation is more prepared, or more resilient,” Trump said. “We are all in this together. We must put politics aside, stop the partisanship and unite as one nation, and one family.”
President Trump reassured Americans that they had no reason to panic Whatsoever amid news of the first American death tied to the outbreak and the roll-out of new travel restrictions.
Washington state health officials announced the first Covid-19 death in the United States. In a Saturday press conference, President Donald Trump said the death occurred “overnight,” and that the person who died was a woman in her 50s.
“There’s no reason to panic at all. This is being handled professionally,” Trump said at the White House.
The death comes following a Friday report of four new Covid-19 — the disease caused by the novel coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2 — cases in three US states: one in Oregon, one in California, and two in Washington.
The two people who tested positive for coronavirus in Washington state were a high school student from Snohomish County and a woman in her 50s from King County, who had recently traveled to South Korea. It is not clear whether this woman is the same person the president identified.
Officials with the Washington State Department of Health declined to tell Vox whether the person who died was one of those recently diagnosed or to give any further details about the death.
“Unfortunately, one person passed away overnight,” Trump said.
“She was a wonderful woman a medically high-risk patient in her late 50s. Four others are very ill. Thankfully 15 are either recovered fully or they’re well on their way to recovery. And in all cases, they’ve been let go in their home.
He said: “Additional cases in the United States are likely. But healthy individuals should be able to fully recover.”
Trump praised the response so far and said the United States will take more actions on travel and vaccine preparedness, including meeting with drug companies on Monday to discuss the next steps.
“Our country is prepared for any circumstance,” Trump said Saturday after Vice President Pence led a coronavirus task force meeting in the White House situation room.