Wilbur Ross says coronavirus could bring jobs back to the U.S. from China

“On top of all the other things, because you had SARS, you had the African Swine virus there, now you have this,” Ross said. “It’s another risk factor that people need to take into account. So, I think it will help accelerate the return of jobs to North America, some to the U.S., probably some to Mexico as well.”

The virus has killed more than 100 people and sickened thousands, and while the cases are mostly concentrated in China, it has been detected in more than a dozen other countries, including the U.S.

President Donald Trump has stayed relatively quiet about the global outbreak, tweeting only a few times about the virus. The White House announced Wednesday night that the president had formed a Wuhan coronavirus task force, headed by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.

“We are in very close communication with China concerning the virus,” Trump tweeted on Monday. “Very few cases reported in USA, but strongly on watch. We have offered China and President Xi any help that is necessary. Our experts are extraordinary!”