Speaking at the White House, President Trump addressed the nation about the Coronavirus crisis, calling the threat to the United States “very low.”
The president said that there were 15 Coronavirus cases in the US, of which five had fully recovered and eight had recovered enough to return home. He noted that one American victim of the virus was “pretty sick.” The president also said that the US had agreed to take some Coronavirus patients from Japan because it was the right thing to do.
Mr. Trump said that he would not quibble over amounts with Congress. Although the Administration had requested $2.5 billion from Congress, the president said, “If they want to give us more, we’ll take it.”
Mr. Trump also noted that the number of new cases in China had declined in recent days.
The president noted that the US had already started taking precautions such as not allowing noncitizens to come to the US from China. He also said that he hoped a vaccine would be ready soon.
“We are ready for this,” the president said.
President Trump placed Vice President Mike Pence in charge of the preparations for the Coronavirus. Pence will head a task force that will include members from the CDC, HHS, and the State Department.
Dr. Anne Schuchat of the CDC added, “We expect more cases and now is the time to prepare.”