Just days after Trump economic adviser Larry Kudlow declared that the administration had achieved “airtight” containment of the coronavirus spread in the United States, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Thursday that 33 people in California have tested positive for coronavirus and that officials are now monitoring more than 8,400 people for the virus.
“We have contained this,” Kudlow told CNBC on Tuesday as financial markets tumbled amid coronavirus fears. “I won’t say airtight, but pretty close to airtight. We have done a good job in the United States.”
“We have 33 confirmed positive tests for the coronavirus,” Newsom said during a press conference. “Five individuals have subsequently moved out of state.”
One of those people is from an unknown source, raising the concern that the virus is spreading among the general public for the first time in the U.S.
“We knew this was inevitable,” Newsom said.
The governor said those being monitored for the virus are in 49 local jurisdictions in the state. California officials had previously said there were 31 positive cases of coronavirus in the state, with more than two dozen other cases confirmed in other parts of the country.
NEW: California Gov. Gavin Newsom says 28 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 are currently living in the state: "We have 33 confirmed positive tests for the virus. Five individuals have subsequently moved out of state." https://t.co/YLZA2m6M2m pic.twitter.com/NvdddWPJem
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) February 27, 2020
“The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. We are in contact with everyone and all relevant countries,” Trump declared this week. “CDC & World Health have been working hard and very smart. Stock Market starting to look very good to me!”
The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. We are in contact with everyone and all relevant countries. CDC & World Health have been working hard and very smart. Stock Market starting to look very good to me!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 24, 2020
“We really think we’ve done a great job in keeping it down to a minimum,” Trump said at a Wednesday press briefing. “And again, we’ve had tremendous success — tremendous success, beyond what people would have thought.”
“We’re doing great. Other countries have not been doing great,” he added. “So far, we’ve done a great job.”
When he was asked about supporters like Rush Limbaugh advancing the idea that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was exaggerating the potential impact of the new coronavirus to hurt him and that Trump’s opponents had weaponized the estimates against him, Trump agreed with Limbaugh.
“I agree with it,” Trump said. “And I’d like it to stop.”