On Thursday, the Trump administration formed a task force, especially to respond to the deadly coronavirus. The 12-person team is chaired by Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and coordinated through the National Security Council, said White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham.

She further stated that several other experts from the White House, US government agencies, and some of the country’s foremost experts are there in the team. All the members of the task force have a daily meeting regarding the situation.

“At today’s meeting, which the President chaired, he charged the task force with leading the United States government response to the novel 2019 coronavirus and with keeping him apprised of developments,” Ms Grisham said.

“The task force will lead the administration’s efforts to monitor, contain and mitigate the spread of the virus while ensuring that the American people have the most accurate and up-to-date health and travel information,” the White House said in a statement.

On Wednesday, before signing a US-Mexico-Canada trade deal at the White House, Trump said he had discussed the situation with Chinese President Xi Jinping and added, “We’re working very closely with China.”

Mr. Trump, who considers himself a germaphobe, addressed the coronavirus outbreak and stated, “We’re very much involved with them right now on the virus that’s going around.”

Later Wednesday, President Trump tweeted with photos, “Just received a briefing on the Coronavirus in China from all of our GREAT agencies, who are also working closely with China. We will continue to monitor the ongoing developments. We have the best experts anywhere in the world, and they are on top of it 24/7!” 

China is stepping up efforts to fight the new coronavirus that is thought to have originated in a Wuhan seafood market. It has killed more than 170 people in China and affected thousands of people. According to the World Health Organization, there are 68 cases confirmed in the other 15 countries. 

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