White House plays down US coronavirus concerns as stock markets plunge

White House plays down US coronavirus concerns as stock markets plunge

The Straits Times - World·2020-03-09 22:48

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The Trump administration on Monday (March 9) downplayed the threat posed by the widening coronavirus outbreak, while US stock markets plummeted after the open of trading on fears of a looming global recession.

The number of confirmed US cases of coronavirus was at 566 on Monday, including 22 deaths, according to state public health authorities and a running national tally kept by the Johns Hopkins University centre tracking the outbreak.

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