Coronavirus live updates: White House issues new travel warnings; first US death confirmed

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  • Total confirmed cases: More than 85,000
  • Total deaths: At least 2,941

President Trump on Saturday also doubled down on his criticism of the Federal Reserve and what he sees as its reluctance to lower interest rates in the midst of coronavirus fears and its potential impact on the American economy.

“Our Fed should start being a leader,” Trump said. “We should have the lowest interest rates. We don’t have the lowest interest rates. Our Fed rate is higher. You look at Germany, you look at Japan, you look at other countries: many of them have negative rates.” — Franck 

President Trump on Saturday said his administration was considering travel restrictions at the U.S.-Mexico border, after his administration announced new restrictions on travel to Iran and heightened advisories for areas in South Korea and Italy.

Mexico, however, has only reported three confirmed cases of the coronavirus so far, while the U.S. has confirmed 66 cases of the illness. — Kimball 

President Donald Trump authorized the expansion of travel restrictions against Iran and is now recommending Americans refraining from visiting regions of Italy and South Korea impacted by the infectious coronavirus.

Vice President Mike Pence detailed the heightened travel warnings in a press conference from the White House.

“First, the president authorized action today to add additional travel restrictions on Iran. … Iran is already under a travel ban, but we’re are expanding existing travel restrictions to include any foreign national who has visited Iran within the last 14 days,” Pence said.— Franck

The U.S. reported on Saturday its first death from the coronavirus in Washington state. Jamie Nixon, a public information officer with the Washington State Department of Health, said that a patient in the state has died from the infection. A news conference will be held by officials in King County at 4:00 pm EST.

The patient was a man in his 50s with underlying health conditions, who was tested at the Washington State Public Health Lab, according to U.S. health officials. President Trump during a Saturday press conference incorrectly said the patient was a woman. –Newburger

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/29/coronavirus-live-updates-france-bans-large-gatherings.html

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