Donald Trump declares national emergency over coronavirus pandemic 

  13 March 2020    Read: 1062
  Donald Trump declares national emergency over coronavirus pandemic 

Donald Trump on Friday afternoon declared a national emergency to address the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

The declaration, made from the White House Rose Garden during a press conference, comes as the Trump administration grapples with the ongoing outbreak.

Trump in his remarks said that as part of the national emergency declaration, “the action I am taking will open up $50 billion.”

Trump, flanked by aides including vice-president Mike Pence and Dr. Deborah Birx, also said the move will waive a number of other requirements meant to benefit doctors and fight the Coronavirus pandemic.

There’s been an ongoing concern about the availability of tests for the Coronavirus. Trump said his team expected “half a million additional tests will be available early next week.”

“Which will bring probably 1.4 million tests next week and five million in a month,” Trump said. “Our overriding goal is to stop the spread of the virus.”

 

The Guardian


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