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Covid-19: Trump says risk to Americans is “very low”

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 27 February 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m793

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  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York, USA

President Donald Trump described the US response to the covid-19 outbreak as “a tremendous success” and asserted that the risk to Americans was “very low” during a rare nationally televised press conference on Wednesday 27 February.

He said that the 60 covid-19 patients in the US were mostly doing well, although one remained seriously ill.

To combat covid-19 he advocated screening people from infected areas, quarantining those at risk, and developing a vaccine, which was advancing “rapidly.” He said the country was “very ready” and was the best prepared country in the world to deal with the outbreak.

Trump said he had asked Congress for $2.5bn (£1.94bn; €2.29bn) to fight the virus (from the Ebola response budget), but Congressional Republicans had suggested $4bn and Democrats had pushed for $8.5bn. He indicated he would accept whatever Congress decided.

Shortly afterwards, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported apparent local transmission of covid-19 to a person in northern California with no …

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