A coronavirus task force under the authority of US President Donald Trump has been meeting daily since Monday, the White House announced Thursday.
In coordination with the National Security Council, the task force is led by US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and includes members from the National Institutes of Health, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the departments of State, Transportation and Homeland Security, among others.
The force will lead the US government's response to the current coronavirus outbreak and, according to a statement, “will lead the Administration’s efforts to monitor, contain, and mitigate the spread of the virus.”
Five cases of the coronavirus has been confirmed in the United States. The White House notes the risk of infection to Americans remains low.