Trump does not rule out restricting flights to Italy and South Korea by coronavirus

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US President Donald Trump announced that Vice President Michael Pence will be in charge of leading US response efforts to the new outbreak of coronavirus.

“I will announce exactly now that I will put our Vice President Mike Pence in charge,” Trump told reporters on Wednesday from the White House.

The president of the United States said that the virus represents a low risk for Americans, but that the country will be prepared to adapt if the disease spreads.
Trump also said the outbreak could get worse in the United States, but such a situation is not inevitable.

This message is in conflict with what the US health officials themselves said earlier this week, who warned it was only a matter of time before the coronavirus became a worldwide pandemic.

The administration, he added, will loosen travel restrictions to China when there is no problem with the coronavirus.
The US president left that he could decide the restriction of flights from this country to Italy, South Korea and other countries where cases of COVID-19 infected are registered.
“At the right time we can do that; at this time it is not the right time,” the president said when asked about the restrictions that other countries have taken in a press conference at the White House.

Health Secretary Alex Azar, later at the press conference, said he would also lead the working group, but thanked Pence for his participation.
An official with the US Centers for Disease Control said the path of the virus outbreak in the coming weeks and months is uncertain.
At the end of 2019, China reported an outbreak of pneumonia COVID-19 caused by a new strain of coronavirus in Wuhan, capital of Hubei Province (center-east).

Globally, the new coronavirus infected more than 81,200 people and caused 2,704 deaths.

This Wednesday, the Brazilian authorities confirmed the first case registered in that country, which is also the first in Latin America.

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