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President Trump fumed over coverage of his response to the coronavirus Thursday, claiming the media distorted what he said about people who get sick and still go to work.

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Trump did not take any questions, including one about whether he had been tested for the Wuhan coronavirus.

So far there have been 11 deaths from the virus in the United States, and more than 150 reported cases.

Word of the new cases capped a week during which the virus began to disrupt daily life for many Americans. In areas less affected by the outbreak, music festivals and sports events were canceled or curtailed as a precaution. While the elderly and immunocompromised might be mortally at risk due to COVID-19, they have no idea what's it's like to have a nice Sunday golf outing ruined Monday by market panic, a massive drop in oil prices and even more reports of novel coronavirus cases and deaths.

Pence, speaking Saturday after meeting with cruise ship industry leaders in Florida, targeted his travel advice to a narrower group: older people with serious health problems.

Americans are sharply divided over the dangers of the new coronavirus, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

Trump and Vice President Mike Pence spoke at the conference, which took place on February 26-29.

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Trump called Washington state's governor, who is dealing with the most serious outbreak in the nation, a "snake".

"We're going to try to go", he told reporters before leaving for Nashville. New Jersey on Tuesday reported its first coronavirus death. While it's true he didn't outright say that people with the coronavirus should go to work, he essentially implied that if you're exhibiting symptoms of the disease you don't have to take them seriously because there's a chance you'll heal on your own.

Apple Inc AAPL.O on Friday asked staff at its Silicon Valley headquarters to work from home if possible as a "precaution".

The United Nations announced that it would be closing its headquarters in NY to the public until further notice.

"There will be more cases", the vice-president, Mike Pence, said.

The crisis has hit stocks hard. As of writing, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.55% on the day while the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite were adding 0.75% and 1.2%, respectively.

The total number of infected people in the country now stands at 4,636.

But he also tried to stem any sense of panic. I feel extremely good. "Nobody is blaming us for the virus", he said.

  • Darren Santiago