January 27, 2020 / 3:15 PM / a month ago

Trump says U.S., China in close contact on coronavirus outbreak

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks prior to signing "phase one" of the U.S.-China trade agreement with Liu in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 15, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday the United States and China were in close contact regarding the newly identified coronavirus outbreak, which has infected thousands in more than 10 countries and killed at least 81.

“We are in very close communication with China concerning the virus. Very few cases reported in USA, but strongly on watch. We have offered China and President Xi any help that is necessary. Our experts are extraordinary!” Trump wrote in a post on Twitter.

Reporting by Makini Brice; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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