Trump: U.S. may block travel to coronavirus 'hot spots'

Trump, speaking to reporters ahead of a visit with U.S. health researchers to discuss the virus outbreak, said he was considering taking action regarding travel to virus "hot spots" but gave no other details.

"We've been very stringent, but we're now looking at other countries that have been badly affected, and we're thinking of doing something," Trump said, adding: "We don't want to do that, but we're looking at other countries."

Trump said his administration was eyeing Italy, South Korea and Japan "very closely, and we'll make the right determination at the right time."

Asked what other countries his administration was considering targeting, Trump declined to say but added: "They are the hot spots right now."