White House expands travel ban to include Iran and Iranian foreign nationals

President and vice president address the nation following the first reported death in the U.S. from the coronavirus

Vice President Mike Pence meets with The President’s Coronavirus Taskforce Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, at the Department of Human and Health Services in Washington, DC. (Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen)

WASHINGTON (INTELLIHUB) — In the wake of the first reported U.S. coronavirus death in Washington State on Saturaday the White House announced that authorities would be restricting travel entering the U.S. from Iran and would be baring any foreign national who has traveled to Iran in the past 24 days from entering.

Vice President Mike Pence made the announcement during a White House press briefing on Saturday where he explained to reporters and the American people that travel restrictions are being expanded.

Vice President Mike Pence meets with the President’s Coronavirus Taskforce Wednesday, February 26, 2020, in his West Wing Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen)

The vice president cited “Section 212 F” and inadvertently admitting that the virus has a 24 day incubation period as Intellihub has already reported.

Meanwhile, an assisted care facility in Kirkland, Washington was closed on Saturday after a severe respiratory outbreak was discovered.

Signs posted outside reading: Notice to all visitors. We are hereby having respiratory outbreak” were ominous, to say the least.

According to reports, one patient was loaded into an ambulance outside of Life Care Center where approximately 27 of the 108 residents and 25 of the 180 staff are showing symptoms of the coronavirus. Three have tested positive.

Several firefighters who came in contact with residents in the building were asked to self-quarantine presumably for 24 days.

More updates coming. Stay tuned to intellihub.com!

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