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Trump Coronavirus Statement To Media: We Respectfully Ask You Not To "Incite A Panic"


President Trump held a press statement on the coronavirus Saturday as the Department of Health confirms the first death of an American from the disease in Washington state.

"Unfortunately one person passed away overnight," Trump said, noting she was "a wonderful woman" and "a medically high-risk person."

"Healthy individuals should be able to fully recover. And we think that will be a statement we can make with great surety now that we've gotten familiar with this problem. They should be able to recover."

"We would respectfully ask the media and politicians involved... not to incite a panic," the president said. "This is something that's being handled professionally... Our country is prepared for any circumstance. We hope it's not going to be a major circumstance, it'll be a smaller circumstance."

"We are expanding existing travel restrictions to include any foreign national who has visited Iran within the last 14 days," said Vice President Mike Pence, who has been overseeing the response to the outbreak.

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