Trump imposes international travel restrictions after first coronavirus death in US

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Published: March 5,2020 05:01 PM
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March 1, 2020: US President Donald Trump on Saturday announced restrictions on travel from Iran and advised fellow citizens not to travel to certain areas of South Korea and Italy.

March 1, 2020: US President Donald Trump on Saturday announced restrictions on travel from Iran and advised fellow citizens not to travel to certain areas of South Korea and Italy.



The announcement came as the first death from coronavirus was reported in the US from the Washington state.



"Unfortunately, one person passed away overnight. She was a wonderful woman, a medically high-risk patient in her late 50s," Trump told reporters at the White House.



"Additional cases in the United States are likely, but healthy individuals should be able to fully recover. If you are healthy, you will probably go through a process and you will be fine," he said and urged people not to panic.



According to the sources, the woman who died in Washington State was one of a handful with no known links to global hot zones to have contracted the virus - indicating that the pathogen was now likely spreading in communities.



Trump also said more cases were "likely" but that the US was prepared for any circumstance.



As many as 15 people have recovered from the virus so far in the US.



More than 85,000 coronavirus cases have been reported in 57 countries around the world and almost 3,000 deaths, according to the World Health Organization. The vast majority of infections and deaths are in China, where the virus emerged late last year.