The president, who has faced criticism that he’s trivialized the extent of the threat, said he will also discuss a potential vaccine for the virus this week with health officials.
Vice President Mike Pence, who Trump has tasked with leading the coronavirus response, also announced the State Department would issue a “do not travel” alert for parts of Italy and South Korea affected by the virus.
Georgia health officials are bracing for the possibility of local cases of the virus, which has infected nearly 87,000 people across the globe.
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There were 70 confirmed cases in the U.S. on Saturday, including one patient in Washington State who died of the illness, but none reported in Georgia. Officials from the CDC warn it’s just a matter of time before the country sees more diagnoses.
Gov. Brian Kemp on Friday named a task force made up of several of his administration’s top deputies, along with health and school officials, to identify the best ways to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in Georgia.