BREAKING: Trump declares national emergency over coronavirus
From Yahoo News
President Donald Trump, on Friday, declared a national emergency over the coronavirus, invoking the Stafford Act in a move that he said will free up as much as $50 billion in federal aid for states and municipalities impacted by the pandemic.
“To unleash the full power of the government I am officially declaring a national emergency — two very big words,” Trump, flanked by members of his coronavirus task force, said in a statement from the White House Rose Garden.
He urged individual states to set up “emergency operations centers” and for hospitals to activate their emergency preparedness plans to deal with an expected influx of coronavirus patients as the disease spreads across the country.
The president announced that the government is partnering with Google to help those experiencing flu-like symptoms determine whether they should get tested for the COVID-19 virus, and to connect them with testing centers, including drive-thru locations.
Trump said that there will be up to 5 million test kits for the novel virus, but also said: “I doubt we’ll need anywhere near that.”
“We don’t want people to take a test if we don’t feel they should be doing it,” Trump explained, a week after asserting that “anyone who wants a test can get a test.”
“This will pass and we’ll be even stronger for it,” the president added.