March 9, 2020 / 1:55 PM / 19 days ago

Health Secretary says U.S. working aggressively on coronavirus, after markets drop

WASHINGTON, March 9 (Reuters) - U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar said President Donald Trump's administration is working aggressively on the coronavirus disease spreading worldwide, after he was asked on a media conference call to respond to the stock market plunging on coronavirus fears.

"It's been a very aggressive, whole of government approach at the state, local and federal level," Azar told reporters.

"We're taking COVID-19 incredibly seriously," he also said, using the official name for the virus. (Reporting by Lisa Lambert, Susan Heavey and Michael Erman Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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