VP Pence pledges ‘full support’ to Washington in coronavirus fight

Vice President Mike Pence pledged the Trump administration’s full support to Washington state officials Thursday as the coronavirus death toll continues to mount in the evergreen State.

Mike Pence

The state has been the hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., with at least 70 confirmed infections and 11 fatalities. Most of those who died were residents of Life Care Center, a nursing home in Kirkland, east of Seattle.

Researchers say the virus may have been circulating undetected for weeks.

Pence toured Washington’s emergency response center on Thursday. He also attended a round-table meeting with Governor Jay Inslee, members of Washington’s congressional delegation, and local officials to discuss coordinating response to the outbreak.

The vice president has been tasked by President Trump to coordinate the U.S. government’s response to the outbreak, which has put many communities on edge and scrambled global financial markets.  (AP)

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