UPDATE: WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEXSTAR) — The White House coronavirus task force held a Tuesday morning briefing with the latest on the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click on the above video to watch the full briefing.
President Donald Trump began the meeting by saying testing in all states is now available.
“Last night the FDA announced groundbreaking new policies to further increase testing, very substantially so. All states can now authorize tests developed and used within their borders in addition to the FDA’s.”
At a briefing Monday afternoon, President Trump called on the country to come together, appealing on all Americans to help halt the spread of the virus.
Trump outlined the government’s newest recommendations, urging all older Americans and those at a high risk to stay home. The administration advised the public to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people, not buy more than a week’s worth of groceries at a time, and cancel all discretionary travel.
As of Monday afternoon, the CDC reported over 3,400 cases of COVID-19 with 68 deaths. All U.S. states except West Virginia have reported cases.
The true fatality rate of the coronavirus isn’t known yet, but it appears to be 10 times higher than the flu, the United States’ top infectious disease expert warned lawmakers last week. The virus is more serious for those who are older or have health problems.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
ORIGINAL: The White House Coronavirus Task Force will be holding a press briefing this morning.
They are expected to begin at 10:30 AM.
You can watch the whole briefing right here or on our Facebook page.
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