U.S. President Donald Trump look to declare a state of emergency across the United States on Friday to speed up the response to the Coronavirus outbreak, And that’s at a Trump press conference today.
Washington and more than fifteen states have declared a state of emergency to address the disease declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a global epidemic.
According to a scenario compiled by the U.S. Department of Health’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and seen in The New York Times, between 2.4 and 21 million people may need hospitalization, which could lead to the country’s health system being “crushed” since there are only 925 thousand beds in it.
According to two informed sources, Trump will base his state of emergency on the Stafford Act to open the door to more federal assistance to states and municipalities.
Trump is scheduled to go out at a press conference at 3:00 p.m. Washington time to talk about developments in attempts to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
Bloomberg said the U.S. president is under increasing pressure as state governors and officials have decided to close schools, ban large gatherings and cancel public events.
Congress has allocated $8.3 billion in aid to address the Corona outbreak in the United States.
The declaration of a state of emergency would allow the government to allocate additional resources to fight the virus and would mark a symbolic turning point for the President, who repeatedly compared the coronavirus to seasonal influenza and insisted that his administration had taken control of the outbreak.
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Virginia declared a state of emergency On Thursday, joining Washington, California, Maryland, Kentucky, Utah, New York, Florida, Oregon, New Jersey, Colorado, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Michigan, and Arizona, as well as Washington, D.C.
The virus has reached 48 U.S. states, in addition to Washington, D.C., with at least 1,696 infections, and the death toll in the United States has risen to 41, including 31 in Washington state, four in California and one in Florida and one each in Georgia, Kansas, New Jersey, and South Dakota.