Reported by| DW President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced that he will discuss the coronavirus threat at 6 p.m EST tonight at a White House news conference.
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In a post on Twitter, the president said representatives from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention will attend.
“I will be having a News Conference at the White House, on this subject, today at 6:00 P.M. CDC representatives, and others, will be there. Thank you!” Trump wrote in his post.
The coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, has been spreading across the globe after emerging in China. While there are only 57 active cases affecting Americans, government officials are trying to stay ahead of the virus. But of that number, 43 are people who were repatriated from Wuhan, China, where the virus first emerged, or the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which is docked in a port at Yokohama, Japan.
But there has been a surge of the number infected worldwide, according to MarketWatch.
The increase in cases overnight has primarily been driven by new cases in Iran (now at 139 cases and 19 deaths), Italy (374 cases and 12 deaths), Japan (178 cases and two deaths), and South Korea (1,261 cases and 12 deaths). While the outbreak has largely affected China — China’s Hubei Province has reported 94% of total deaths and mainland China has 96% of total cases — the emergence of COVID-19 clusters in these other countries has alarmed markets in recent days.
Worldwide, there are 81,245 confirmed cases and more than 2,700 people have died, according to the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering’s Centers for Systems Science and Engineering.