The U.S Vice President Mike Pence told NBC News’ “Meet the Press” Sunday morning that “there will be more cases” in the country. “There’s no question.”
And while the “vast majority” will recover, the VP added to CNN’s “State of the Union” that “it is possible” others will die, too.
The US recorded first casualty on Saturday when a man in Washington state died of the virus Saturday. As at Sunday morning, there were 71 confirmed cases in the United States, said the federal Centers for Disease Control and Protection.
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“People who have other conditions that would militate toward a worse outcome, we could have more sad news,” Pence said.
“But the American people should know the risk for the average American remains low.”
In the NBC interview, host Chuck Todd told Pence it isn’t “reassuring” that one out of 22 people worldwide who have the disease will die.
Currently, there are 86,500 confirmed coronavirus cases globally.
Pence, at a press conference on Saturday at the White House, said the administration was putting travel restrictions in place on Iran, Italy and South Korea, where mass outbreaks were reported.
The vice president said Trump wants a “whole government” response to the crisis.
“We’re going to bring the best scientific minds, experts together, and we’re going to, we’re going to work every day to, to contain this disease, to treat those that are contracted,” Pence said on NBC. ” And I’m very confident we’re ready, and I know, and I know that we’ll get through this.”