The United States nonetheless can not belief China’s stories on the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley mentioned Thursday.

Appearing on ” Internet& Friends,” Hawley mentioned that he was briefed twice Wednesday by Health and Human Services (HHS) and Homeland Security officers and was “really, really, concern[ed]” about what he discovered.

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“I think the Chinese government has not been honest at all about this,” he mentioned. “They are completely overwhelmed at this point. They are not leveling with anybody, certainly not with us.”

As of Thursday, the lethal virus had killed greater than 1,300 individuals and contaminated over 60,000 worldwide. Another case was found in San Diego, Calif. on Wednesday, bringing the entire U.S. contaminated to 14.

The affected person was found on the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. The contaminated particular person had returned to America on a State Department chartered flight on Feb. 7, and is now below federal quarantine, in line with a press launch.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) mentioned anybody who has been within the Hubei Province in Central China during the last two weeks, is taken into account to be “at high risk” of publicity and should undergo a 14-day quarantine.

In addition, elevated concern over COVID-19 had additionally prompted the State Department to difficulty a Level four journey advisory (Do Not Travel) for China as of Jan. 30.

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Hawley mentioned that the Chinese Communist Party has created this “global health epidemic” due to their misinformation marketing campaign and “because they have not addressed this head-on and they weren’t prepared.”

“So, we have…what that means for us is we have got to take every step in this country to keep our citizens safe — to keep our travelers safe,” he advised the “Friends” hosts. “And because China certainly is not going to do it.”

InternetInformation’ Nick Givas, Louis Casiano, and David Aaro contributed to this report

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