Donald Trump Declares National Emergency Over Coronavirus

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After weeks of downplaying the coronavirus pandemic, and endless criticism over his handling of the situation, President Trump has today declared a national emergency over coronavirus.

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Originating from the Chinese city of Wuhan, a deadly virus known as the coronavirus has been rapidly spreading across the globe.

Coronavirus infections have a wide range of symptoms, including fever, coughing, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Severe cases can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and death.

A lot of people have now died from the virus…

It has been confirmed by Worldometer that 5,122 people have now died globally, with the majority being in mainland China. A further 139,669 have been found to carry the virus and be infected.

And nearly every major country in the world has now been affected by the virus.

The World Health Organization declared an emergency last month and called on all countries to take urgent measures to contain the respiratory disease.

And there is an immense amount of pressure on authorities to find a cure, and fast.

And it’s showing no signs of slowing down.

And the United States is now one of them.

So far, 1,832 people have been confirmed to have been infected with the virus, and forty-one have reportedly died.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a few weeks ago that it expects the coronavirus to spread in the United States and has asked Americans to prepare for when the virus hits, not if, CNN reported.

And hospitals across the country are bracing themselves for an influx of infected patients.

As they have become the first U.S. city to declare an official state of emergency… Despite not having any confirmed cases of the virus.

And will allow nurses and doctors to prepare for a possible influx of patients.

And it seems that there is a reason for people to really start panicking.

The BBC reported yesterday on the 11th of March that the coronavirus has been officially confirmed by the WHO as a pandemic.

Our President has still been insisting that the coronavirus crisis is “under control”.

Even by Trump’s standards – who has a nasty habit of denialism – this has been pretty shocking.

And, instead of addressing it and taking action like other world leaders, he has simply blamed the panic on the “Fake News Media” instead.

And suggested that, because nowhere closed down over the flu, nowhere should close over the coronavirus.

And the President was again slammed for taking some time out last weekend to play golf, while the rest of the world went into lockdown.

Declaring a national emergency will envoke the Stafford Act, which constitutes the statutory authority for most Federal disaster response activities.

And will open the door to more federal aid for states and municipalities.

And only two have targeted disease outbreaks, when President Bill Clinton in 2000 declared emergencies in New York and New Jersey in response to the West Nile Virus.

People haven’t been feeling too confident with Trump’s likelihood of actually declaring an emergency.

In a news conference in Washington today, the President announced that the country is in an official state of emergency regarding the coronavirus pandemic. Better late than never, Donald. This is an ongoing story, and updates will be posted accordingly.