Coronavirus task force holds press briefing after WHO declares pandemic

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Members of the task force created to address the deadly coronavirus outbreak are expected to hold a press briefing Wednesday at the White House, hours after the World Health Organization declared it a pandemic. 

The WHO on Wednesday said it expects “to see the number of cases, the number of deaths and the number of affected countries to climb even higher.”

The outbreak has been increasing in severity in the United States, as states like New York develop their own tests and politicians announce self-quarantines. Markets have plunged in response to the coronavirus and its deepening effects on the global economy.

Task force members include Vice President Mike Pence, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci and Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli, among others. 

The coronavirus, which is believed to have originated in Wuhan, China, has spread to dozens of countries globally, with more than 124,000 confirmed cases worldwide and at least 4,589 deaths so far, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

There have been at least 1,110 cases in the United States and at least 32 deaths, according to the latest tallies from John Hopkins University. 

The outbreak has roiled markets and led governments to take drastic actions as it rapidly spreads across the globe. 

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