Trump says US 'very, very ready' for coronavirus: Live updates
Iran has emerged as a new hotspot for the coronavirus outbreak that started in China late last year [Ebrahim Noroozi/AP Photo]
The coronavirus is spreading more quickly in Europe, the Middle East, and other parts of the world than in China where the virus first emerged in the central city of Wuhan at the end of last year.
The number of new coronavirus infections inside China was for the first time overtaken by fresh cases elsewhere on Wednesday, with Italy, Iran and South Korea emerging as new hotspots for COVID-19. The disease was also detected for the first time in Brazil, Pakistan, Sweden, Norway, Greece, Romania and Algeria.
In the United States, where health authorities are dealing with 59 cases – mostly Americans repatriated from a cruise ship that was quarantined in Japan – President Donald Trump sought to calm concerns.
Speaking in a live broadcast, Trump said the US was “very, very ready” to face the virus threat and that Vice President Mike Pence would be in charge of the national response.
Here are the latest updates:
Thursday, February 27
Trump says US ‘very ready’ for virus; Pence to lead response
President Donald Trump declared on Wednesday that the US was “very, very ready” for the coronavirus and put vice president Mike Pence in charge of overseeing the nation’s response.
Trump also sought to minimise fears of the infection spreading widely across the US, saying, “I don’t think it’s inevitable.”