Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said earlier Wednesday COVID-19 is estimated to be 10 times more deadly than flu and could infect that "many millions".
"In terms of the economy, he and his economic team have the tools to keep this economy going strong", Azar said of the president.
President Donald Trump wants to eliminate the payroll tax rate for employers and employees for the rest of the year as part of an economic stimulus package to fight back against the coronavirus outbreak and the financial crisis. "I feel very good but I guess it's not a big deal to get tested and it's something I would do", Trump told reporters in Washington.
Exactly what those measures might look like were not disclosed.
Specifically, Trump mentioned a "possible payroll tax cut or relief, substantial relief, very substantial relief".
"I'll be making a statement later on tonight as to what I have made a decision to do", Trump told reporters at the White House, adding that it would be at about 8:00 pm (0000 GMT).
Pence assured that pharmaceutical companies were working around the clock, to develop therapeutics.
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President Donald Trump , who was also at the event last month, insists he is in good health and has not taken a test. He added that he will self-quarantine for the remainder of the 14 day period "out of an abundance of caution".
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The deadly virus, which originated from Wuhan, has infected 110,337 people in more than 90 countries in just almost three months. In Ecuador there are 14 confirmed cases of people infected with COVID-19 and 122 suspected cases, according to official figures.
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A beaming Kate continued talking to the little one, asking: 'Wow, do you like dancing?', with the girl saying she did. As for Prince William , he was spotted taking a selfie with a 12-year-old girl on Christmas Day in 2014.
He also said he was asking for another $50 billion in funding for small business loans to help those stricken by the economic disruption. "We have moved from a containment strategy to more of a mitigation strategy".
At the same time, Trump said, the U.S. was monitoring the situation in China and South Korea.
Fears for the wider USA economy are real: in a report last week, the Fed said the virus has already disrupted travel and access to goods for U.S. industry, and businesses are fearful it may get worse.
The address was to be broadcast on the White House YouTube channel or on White House Live.
"To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the coronavirus and were found to be positive", Hanks said in a tweet. The president ignored their questions and walked off the stage. "I think the speaker is obviously the most prominent Democrat here on Capitol Hill, and anything to get on the president's desk has to be agreed to between the administration and the speaker of the House".
"Our "leader" is more preoccupied with who to blame than how to protect people now that it's in our communities", he said in a statement. In keeping with that outlook, Mnuchin said that the United States has "the most resilient economy in the world", though he did not explain how that resilience was gauged.
"We are going to take care of, and have been taking care of, the American public and the American economy", he said.