March 12, 2020 / 9:41 PM / in 18 days

Schools ordered to close in three Seattle-area counties

March 12 (Reuters) - Washington state Governor Jay Inslee on Thursday ordered schools to close in three Seattle-area counties to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus in a state battling the nation’s deadliest outbreak.

The closure affects King, Pierce and Snohomish counties and all schools in the state may be ordered to close on Friday, Inslee told a news conference.

Asked by a reporter about President Donald Trump’s comments that he was considering travel restrictions to Washington, Inslee said he had not been consulted by the Trump administration about such a move and hoped it would not happen.

Reporting by Andrew Hay; Editing by Dan Grebler

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