Mulvaney Says, Coronavirus Could Disrupt U.S. Schools and Transportation

FILE PHOTO: Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney addresses reporters during a news briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 17, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis/File Photo

Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said that the coronavirus is likely to cause disruptions to everyday life in the U.S., such as school closures and changes to public transportation.

“Are you going to see some schools shut down? Probably. Maybe see impacts on public transportation? Sure, but we do this. We know how to handle this,” Mulvaney said Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference outside Washington, D.C.

But Mulvaney also sought to reassure Americans worried about a potential public-health crisis and stock-market losses tied to the outbreak.

“Really what I’d like to do today to calm the markets is tell people to turn their televisions off for 24 hours,” he said.

President Donald Trump has attempted to ease concerns over the outbreak this week, portraying the risk to Americans as “very low.” At a press briefing late Wednesday, Trump said, “But, yeah, I think schools should be preparing and, you know, get ready just in case. The words are ‘just in case.’”

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SOURCE: Bloomberg Quint, Jordan Fabian and Mario Parker