No need for me to get coronavirus test, says Trump

Coronavirus White House says Donald Trump not tested as he is in ‘excellent health

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In his speech, President Trump said "to keep new cases from entering our shores, we will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days".

Democrats are pushing for paid sick leave, expanded and free testing for the coronavirus and other measures.

Rep. Matt Gaetz said on Monday that was self-quarantining after learning he had been in contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus at a conservative conference last month.

Image: U.S. President Donald Trump is flanked by Vice President Mike Pence and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin as he speaks to members of the news media following a closed Senate Republican policy lunch meeting to discuss the response to the coronavirus outbreak with senators on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 10, 2020.

"What they want to do is hit Social Security like a wrecking ball with a massive tax cut for the country's biggest corporations", he said at a news conference.

"The risk to the average American of contracting the coronavirus remains low", Pence said.

Other questions continue to swirl on Capitol Hill about how exactly the administration plans to pay for expensive measures like a suspension of payroll taxes.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned lawmakers the outbreak is going to get a lot worse, despite assurances from Trump that the virus will "go away".

As of Wednesday, there were more than 1,100 confirmed cases and 32 deaths in the United States, according to a tally collated by Johns Hopkins University, with numbers expected to skyrocket once more testing is done.

More than 116,000 people have contracted the coronavirus worldwide, with over 4,000 deaths since it surfaced in China late past year, according to the World Health Organization. The virus has been confirmed in more than 100 countries, and has infected more than 120,000 people and killed more than 4,300 across the world.

Even the U.S. presidential election faces disruption, with Democratic candidates Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders canceling rallies and questions mounting over the future of Trump's own usually frequent rallies. Experts say this has so far drastically undercut the ability to understand the scope of the virus in America.

In California, the Grand Princess cruise ship docked at the Port of Oakland continued offloading its 2,400 passengers, most of whom will go into quarantine at military bases.

A synagogue in the city has become the epicenter of an outbreak in Westchester County - which accounts for 108 of NY state's 173 coronavirus cases.

"We are going to take care of - and have been taking care of - the American public and the American economy", Trump said in his surprise appearance at the daily briefing of the White House coronavirus task force.

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