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Donald Trump declares national emergency in the US due to coronavirus

March 13, 2020

The US president said that he will give access to a fund of up to 50,000 million dollars (mdd) so that states and localities can fight the disease.

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Donald Trump declares national emergency in the US due to coronavirusDonald Trump declares national emergency in the US due to coronavirus

The President of the United States, Donald Trump, created a national emergency to deal with the coronavirus pandemic , which until now has infected more than 2,000 people and left 40 deaths in the country.

In a speech outside the White House, the US president said that he will give access to a fund of up to 50,000 million dollars (mdd) so that states and localities can fight the disease.

The president stated that he declared a national emergency to “unleash the full power of the federal government.” He urged all states to establish emergency centers to help fight the virus.

Pressure had mounted for Trump to declare an infectious disease emergency under the 1988 law that would allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide disaster funds to state and local governments and deploy support teams.

He also announced that Google is working on the development of an internet site to determine in which parts of the country tests are needed to detect more infected people and thus facilitate tests.

An additional 500,000 tests for the coronavirus are expected to be applied next week , the president said, surrounded by aides.

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