Coronavirus updates: Trump tests negative, 20 states close all schools,
US death toll hits 50
The fallout from the coronavirus continues to reverberate across the nation and the world. At least 20 states have closed or made plans to close all schools, keeping more than a quarter of U.S. schoolchildren out of the classroom. Saturday evening it was announced that President Donald Trump has tested negative for the coronavirus. Large grocery chains are trimming their open hours to make more time for cleaning. All of Europe – including the United Kingdom and Ireland – is now under U.S. travel restrictions.
Trump spoke at the White House with his virus task force one day after declaring the coronavirus pandemic to be a national emergency.
Some highlights of the press conference:
Trump praised a late night deal between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin that would provide economic relief to Americans affected by the crisis and provide for free testing for the virus.
The U.S. is extending its Europe travel ban to cover the United Kingdom and Ireland so that residents of those countries will not be allowed to travel to the U.S. for 30 days, beginning Monday.
Trump said the administration is considering some domestic travel restrictions from areas hard hit by the pandemic.