Senator Tom Cotton is calling for an immediate shut down of all flights from China to the U.S., warning that Beijing is lying about the full extent of the coronavirus outbreak.
The death toll from the virus, which has now reached every region in mainland China, has risen to 170 with 7,711 confirmed cases of people being infected.
Republican Senator Tom Cotton is urgently calling for stronger action to prevent the virus spreading in the United States.
“Russia has closed its ENTIRE 2,600-mile border with China. Time to shut down travel between China and US,” Cotton tweeted.
Russia has closed its ENTIRE 2,600-mile border with China. Time to shut down travel between China and US. https://t.co/L8W5SfflkC— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) January 30, 2020
“Israel shuts down commercial flights with China. Time to shut down flights between US and China,” he tweeted separately.
Israel shuts down commercial flights with China. Time to shut down flights between US and China. https://t.co/xPFwZ3hms6— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) January 30, 2020
Cotton also warned that the number of coronavirus cases was probably far higher than Chinese authorities are admitting to.
Good morning. There was a 28% increase in coronavirus cases overnight in China. Make no mistake, though: these aren’t “new” cases. Just what China is willing to admit. It’s much worse.— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) January 30, 2020
The Senator is also calling on the World Health Organization to reverse its decision to not the coronavirus a global health emergency immediately.
Yesterday, the CDC announced that 195 American citizens who returned from the epicenter of the virus outbreak in Wuhan were not under quarantine and would be allowed to leave March Air Reserve Base in California.
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