DONALD Trump said the coronavirus will "go away", downplaying concerns as the U.S. virus death toll hit 15 and fears grew over a test shortage.
Trump's comments came amid growing numbers of the virus in the U.S., as numbers climbed near 250 and the government struggled to meet demand for coronavirus tests.
“Be calm. It will go away," the President told reporters at the White House Friday.
“We have very low numbers compared to major countries throughout the world. Our numbers are lower than just about anybody," Trump said about cases of the virus.
"It's an unforeseen problem," he added.
“It came out of nowhere. We're taking care of it.”
Trump's comments came after he signed a bill that gave $8.3 billion in funding to respond to the coronavirus.
Officials in Seattle confirmed the state's 14th coronavirus death, bringing the U.S. death toll to 15 on Thursday.
It was also announced that all staff and residents at the Life Care center nursing home — where the outbreak seems to have stemmed from — will be tested for the virus.
Amid a panic of the coronavirus spread becoming an epidemic in Seattle, the city has gone into a self-quarantine, as 2.2 million people were told to stay home.
Businesses, including Amazon, Google and Microsoft told employees to work from home and schools closed and transitioned to online programs as the city goes into panic mode.
Trump's comments came two days after he claimed the deadly coronavirus is "mild" and he thinks the World Health Organization's worldwide fatality rate is 3.4 percent is "really a false number."
Cases worldwide have topped 100,000, with more than 3,400 deaths globally.
The U.S. holds the 10th-highest place for total cases out of all countries.
After first canceling a visit with the CDC on Friday because of a suspected coronavirus case in a worker, Trump's visit was back on in the afternoon.
While cases continued to climb, the U.S. government struggled to push out enough test kits to meet demand.
Although officials originally aimed to have 1 million coronavirus tests by the end of the week, Vice President Mike Pence said yesterday the U.S. would fall short of its goal.
"We don’t have enough tests today to meet what we anticipate will be the demand going forward,” Pence told reporters after meeting with a coronavirus task force and 3M executives in Minnesota, CNN reported.
“For those that we believe have been exposed, for those who are showing symptoms, we’ve been able to provide the testing.
Pence said "roughly a million and a half tests" were being sent out, and that so far, health officials had enough tests for those that had symptoms.
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