Trump Wants to Screen Travelers After First American Dies of Virus

The coronavirus was serious before, but it’s taken on a new dimension for the president after a man in Washington State died from the disease.

Trump said on Sunday he wants to screen all passengers, at boarding and when they arrive, traveling from countries at high risk of coronavirus.

The man who passed was in his 50s and had other health issues. There are two more confirmed cases in a long-term care facility in Kirkland, Washington. The U.S. now has more than 80 confirmed cases.

Trump tweeted:

“Coronavirus: In addition to screening travelers “prior to boarding” from certain designated high risk countries, or areas within those countries, they will also be screened when they arrive in America. Thank you! @VP @SecAzar @CDCgov @CDCDirector.”

Vice President Pence, whom President Trump tasked with overseeing the U.S. government’s efforts to control the virus here, said there’s no reason for panic, but people in areas with confirmed cases should be cautious.

Pence said:

“Other than in areas where there are individuals that have been infected with the coronavirus, people need to understand that for the average American, the risk does remain low. We’re ready.  We’re leaning into this effort. It’s all hands on deck, because our effort here is to do everything possible to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the United States.”

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