Trump, US President declares a national emergency in the country over coronavirus outbreak
Around 1,600 positive cases of coronavirus are reported until now in the US.
President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency in the country this Friday. This is an attempt to raise the pace of fighting with the coronavirus outbreak.
He said this way they will be able to access $50 billion of federal funds reserved for territories, states and localities in fortifying the coronavirus.
“I am officially declaring a national emergency. Two very big words,” Trump said on Friday afternoon.
Trump has asked every state to set up operations centres for emergency immediately and said that hospitals, doctors, and health care facilities will be given maximum flexibility to fight the coronavirus, and also enabling telehealth services and doctors to work in this situation of greatest needs in the state.
The US is all set to partner with private sectors to accelerate and increase the testing of coronavirus, Trump said, adding that around half a million more tests will be made available next week. Drive-thru locations for testing will be opened for critical locations, he said.
Trump added that the government is working with Google on a website to facilitate the screening of COVID-19, allowing people to describe symptoms of the disease and get information about the virus on drive-thru locations
Trump also said he will also “most likely” get tested for Coronavirus really soon, the details are still being worked out. He stood next to an official from Brazil last weekend in Florida at Mar-a-Lago resort, who has since tested positive for coronavirus. the Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro informed on Friday about his negative test results for the Coronavirus.
1,600 cases were registered positive for coronavirus as of Thursday and almost 41 deaths have been reported until now in the US, as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The increasing concerns over the surge of the virus affected cases have forced people to cancel many large cultural and tech events. Many schools have closed down, and a lot of companies are asking their employee staff to start working from home.
Trump announced on Wednesday, restrictions have been implied to prohibit travelling to and from Europe back to the US, this is an effort to restrict the spread of the virus and minimise the diseases cause by, COVID-19. Earlier on Wednesday, the WHO officially declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.
Around 136,000 people have been tested positive for the coronavirus and more than 5,000 deaths have been reported worldwide by the hike in coronavirus spread around the globe.