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World Trump: Restricting travel in U.S. a 'possibility' if coronavirus pandemic gets 'too hot'

02:15  13 march  2020
02:15  13 march  2020 Source:   nbcnews.com

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President Donald Trump said Thursday it' s a " possibility " that the administration could impose travel restrictions within the U . S . to limit exposure to the coronavirus if certain areas get " too hot ." "We haven't discussed that yet," Trump said when asked about the option at a meeting with Irish Prime

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"We haven't discussed that yet," Trump said when asked about the option at a bilateral meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar. "Is it a possibility? Yes. If somebody gets a little bit out of control, if an area gets too hot."

"You see what they're doing in New Rochelle, which is good frankly," Trump continued, referring to the city just north of Manhattan where there is a growing cluster of coronavirus cases. "It's the right thing, but it's not enforced, it's not very strong. But people know they're being watched. New Rochelle, that's a hot spot."

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Imposing travel limits in the US interior would a significant step in mitigating cases as coronavirus fears roil the economy and cripple various industries. In a prime time address to the nation Wednesday night, Trump announced a 30-day travel restriction on travel from Europe as coronavirus cases rise. There are more than 1,200 cases in the US in 42 states and the District of Columbia as of Thursday, according to the Centres for Disease Control. The agency said 36 deaths have been reported.

In New York state, 217 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed as of Thursday, according to the CDC. Westchester County, where New Rochelle is, had 108 coronavirus cases as of Tuesday afternoon, according to the New York governor's office. Gov. Andrew Cuomo called New Rochelle "the most significant cluster in the country."

Washington state has had 366 reported cases and 29 deaths, according to the state's Health Department. California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday that mass gatherings of 250 people or more should be postponed or canceled across the state until at least the end of March. Nearly 180 coronavirus cases and a handful of deaths have been reported in California so far.

Trump defended his restrictions on travel from Europe, which excludes the United Kingdom and Ireland. He said that he did not consult with leaders because he had to "move quickly."

"We get along very well with European leaders, but we had to make a decision and I didn't want to take time," Trump said. "It takes a long time to make the individual calls, but we are calling and we have spoken to some them prior to, but we had to move quickly. I mean, when they raise taxes on us they don't consult us, and I think that's probably one and the same."

The president also said he canceled upcoming rallies in Nevada and one in Florida and is considering postponing his events until the situation starts to improve.

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"We need a little separation until such a time goes away," he said, adding the "human impact" is more important than the "financial."

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Trump calls anti-malarial drug a ‘game-changer’ for coronavirus, but the FDA says it needs study .
FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn said the agency is considering giving chloroquine to larger populations of coronavirus patients as part of an “expanded use” testing program. Such a trial in patients would allow the FDA to collect data to measure scientifically whether it works. It was not immediately clear how long it would take the FDA to design the study and get it working at trial sites around the country. “In the short term, we are looking at drugs that are already approved for other indications,'' Hahn said, citing chloroquine as the leading example.

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