Coronavirus stimulates the US UU. To assess travelers and increase the production of masks after the first death

WASHINGTON: The United States will begin evaluating travelers and will increase the production of masks and test kits as the government strives to reassure Americans that it has the rapid spread of the disease under control.

The first American died of coronavirus, a man in his 50s with underlying conditions in the state, officials said Saturday. The state has registered two other presumptive cases in a long-term care facility where more than 50 residents and staff may be showing symptoms.

New cases were reported in the Chicago and Rhode Island area.

President Donald Trump said Sunday that travelers from countries at high risk for coronaviruses would be examined before boarding and upon arrival, without specifying which countries.

The United States has 75,000 test kits for the coronavirus and will expand that number dramatically in the coming weeks, US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar told Sunday's ABC Week.

Vice president Mike Pence He said the government had hired 3M Co to produce more than 35 million respiratory masks per month. He urged Americans not to buy the masks, which he said were only necessary for health workers. Honeywell International Inc is the other major producer of US masks. UU.

The Trump administration is struggling to respond to the rapidly spreading virus that originated in China through travel restrictions and widespread messages about security procedures, while working to avoid public panic. Almost 70 cases have been reported in the United States.

Trump held a press conference on Saturday to outline efforts to prevent further spread, amid the growing criticism of Democrats about the administration's handling of the crisis.

Pence, whom Trump appointed last week to lead the response to the White House coronavirus, told NBC Meet the Press Americans that they should prepare for more cases, but that the vast majority of those who contracted the disease would recover.

Apart from in areas where there are individuals who have been infected with the coronavirus, people should understand that for the average American, the risk remains low. We're ready, Pence told NBC.

The United States has imposed limits on travelers who have visited I ran and recommended against travel to the most affected areas of Italy and South Korea.

Trump said Saturday that the United States was also considering closing the country's southern border with Mexico to control the spread of the virus.

When asked why Washington did not prohibit visitors from South Korea and Italy, Pence told NBC that outbreaks in those countries were isolated in a particular section of each country.

He said the US State Department. UU. On Saturday, conversations began with officials from both countries about the detection of people who were looking to travel to the United States. We will coordinate with them, provide expert advice for that, he said.

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