In a rare address from the Oval Office to the nation Wednesday night, President Donald Trump said the U.S. will suspend travel from Europe to the U.S. for 30 days to combat the coronavirus. This does not include the U.K. and goes into effect Friday at midnight.
The president said the travel restrictions will be "adjusted subject to conditions on the ground" and there will be exemptions for Americans who have undergone appropriate screenings.
"This is the most aggressive and comprehensive effort to confront a foreign virus in modern history," President Trump said. "I am confident that by counting and continuing to take these tough measures we will significantly reduce the threat to our citizens and we will ultimately and expeditiously defeat this virus."
The president reiterated that young people have a low risk of contracting the virus, but the elderly must be careful and should avoid "non-essential travel in crowded areas." He emphasized people must wash their hands and cover their face and mouth if they sneeze and cough.
President Trump said he is going to take emergency action to provide financial relief for Americans affected by the coronavirus, such as workers who are ill, quarantined or caring for others.
Earlier on Wednesday, the World Health Organization officially declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic. Johns Hopkins University says there are over 1,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S.
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