WASHINGTON 

U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out Monday at weeks of criticism over his handling of the novel coronavirus outbreak in the country.

Speaking at a White House coronavirus task force briefing, Trump said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel notice on Jan. 6 for Wuhan, the Chinese city where the virus originated last December, due to its spread.

He recalled that the CDC also issued a Level I travel health notice on Jan. 11 and there was not a single confirmed case then.

“People wanted me to act. I am supposed to close down

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