Trump announces travel restrictions as first coronavirus death in US confirmed

US President Donald Trump has implemented new travel restrictions from Iran and has advised American citizens not to travel to specific regions in Italy as the first death from the coronavirus in the US was confirmed by the Seattle and King County Department of Health on Saturday.

Vice President Mike Pence announced the measures alongside Trump and US health officials at a White House briefing with reporters on Saturday afternoon. Pence said Trump had authorized a ban on foreign nationals who have traveled to Iran in the last 14 days. The State Department is also working with the Italian and South Korean governments to enhance screenings in those countries of individuals traveling to the U.S.

Trump acknowledged the first death in the United States due to the coronavirus during his own remarks and said that his administration expected more cases while insisting there was “no reason to panic.”

“Unfortunately one person passed away overnight. She was a wonderful woman, a medically high-risk patient in her late 50s,” Trump told reporters in the White House briefing room, his second appearance there in the past four days.

“Additional cases in the United States are likely, but healthy individuals should be able to fully recover,” Trump said. “If you’re healthy, you will probably go through a process and you’ll be fine.”

Matt Garza

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