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By Patrick Goodenough, CNSNews, March 1, 2020

( – The Trump administration has expanded travel restrictions and cautions designed to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, barring from entry any foreign national who has been in Iran in the past fortnight, and advising Americans not to travel to the two worst-affected areas of the world outside of mainland China.

As those measures were announced, members of President Trump’s coronavirus taskforce underlined the importance of the China travel restrictions put in place at the end of January, ascribing to that early step the fact infections within the United States are as low as there are.

“I hearken back to the original decision that was made by the president of making sure that we knew the scenario that was going on in China. We prevented travel from China to the United States,” said Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health.

“If we had not done that, we would have had many, many more cases right here that we would have to be dealing with.”

An American in his 50s in Washington state became the first to die inside the country from COVID-19. (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention initially mistakenly identified the patient as a woman.)

The man who died was being treated in the same hospital as two patients from a long-term care facility, who have been tested positive for COVID-19. The Life Care Center in Kirkland said in a statement one was a health care worker and the other a resident.  …

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