President Donald Trump claims his administration has done an “incredible job” in preventing the spread of coronavirus, following California’s governor saying the state is monitoring 8,400 people for signs of exposure, Bloomberg reported.
Trump told reporters Thursday that the U.S. has 15 people who contracted the virus “instead of thousands of people,” adding that most are better. He credited his success to his decision to close borders, a reference to restrictions on travelers from China.
As anxiety over the spread of the coronavirus deepens, global stocks plunged to four-month lows, government debt yields sunk to unprecedented levels, and crude oil extended declines. The global economy is on course for its weakest year since the 2008 financial crisis, Bank of America predicted.
The head of the World Health Organization said Thursday that the outbreak has the potential to become a pandemic and is at a decisive stage.
California Governor Gavin Newsom said the state is monitoring about 8,400 people for signs of the disease after they traveled to Asia. Meanwhile, Trump said the number of infections could increase before they improve.
The president also said the virus is “really above politics” but went on to attack the top Senate Democrat, Chuck Schumer of New York.