Remarks by President, Vice President, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Conference

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room
February 26, 2020


Johns Hopkins…they did a study, comprehensive: “The Countries Best and Worst Prepared for an Epidemic.”


This is a list of the different countries.  The United States is rated number one most prepared.  United Kingdom, Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Thailand, Sweden, Denmark, South Korea, Finland.  These — this is a list of the best-rated countries in the world by Johns Hopkins.


Q    Just to follow up on Zeke’s question, can you clarify: Are you considering restricting travel to and from South Korea, Italy, and other countries that have been affected by this?

THE PRESIDENT:  At a right time, we may do that.  Right now, it’s not the right time.  But at a right time — and we are checking people as they come through, specifically for the problem, the problem that we’re dealing with.  So we’re checking a lot of people if they’re coming from — South Korea has been hit pretty hard; Italy has been hit pretty hard.  China — it’s obvious what’s happened in China.

But again, the numbers seem to be leveling off and going down in China, which is very good news.  So we’ll see what happens. [Full Text]