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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We are currently in the midst of a medical crisis.
via: Getty ImagesOriginating from the Chinese city of Wuhan, a deadly virus known as the coronavirus has been rapidly spreading across the globe.
So far, the symptoms have proven to be deadly.
via: GettyCoronavirus 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...
via: Getty ImagesIt 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.
Things are only getting worse...
via: Getty ImagesAnd nearly every major country in the world has now been affected by the virus.
A global emergency has been declared.
via: Getty ImagesThe World Health Organization declared an emergency last month and called on all countries to take urgent measures to contain the respiratory disease.
It's safe to say that researchers are now getting desperate...
via: Getty ImagesAnd there is an immense amount of pressure on authorities to find a cure, and fast.
Because the virus continues to spread across the globe like wildfire...
via: Getty ImagesAnd it's showing no signs of slowing down.
As stated earlier, the coronavirus has infected numerous different countries now...
via: Getty ImagesAnd the United States is now one of them.
The number of cases here in America is rising...
via: Getty ImagesSo far, 1,832 people have been confirmed to have been infected with the virus, and forty-one have reportedly died.
And the disease is only expected to continue spreading...
via: Getty ImagesThe 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.
Preparations are underway...
via: Getty ImagesAnd hospitals across the country are bracing themselves for an influx of infected patients.
And for San Francisco, conditions have been deemed as too dire...
via: Getty ImagesAs they have become the first U.S. city to declare an official state of emergency... Despite not having any confirmed cases of the virus.
Declaring an emergency will enable the county to stock up on medical supplies and facilities...
via: Getty ImagesAnd 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.
via: Getty ImagesThe BBC reported yesterday on the 11th of March that the coronavirus has been officially confirmed by the WHO as a pandemic.
Yet, despite all of this...Our President has still been insisting that the coronavirus crisis is "under control".
President Trump has been heavily criticized for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
via: GettyEven by Trump's standards - who has a nasty habit of denialism - this has been pretty shocking.
He has been alarmingly unconcerned about the whole thing...And, instead of addressing it and taking action like other world leaders, he has simply blamed the panic on the "Fake News Media" instead.
At one point, he even compared the pandemic to the common flu.And suggested that, because nowhere closed down over the flu, nowhere should close over the coronavirus.
Trump's downplaying of the situation has been rather embarrassing.
via: GettyAnd the President was again slammed for taking some time out last weekend to play golf, while the rest of the world went into lockdown.
The President has been repeatedly urged to declare a national emergency.
via: GettyDeclaring a national emergency will envoke the Stafford Act, which constitutes the statutory authority for most Federal disaster response activities.
The move will allow the government to marshal additional resources to combat the virus...
via: GettyAnd will open the door to more federal aid for states and municipalities.
Very few national emergencies have been declared in the past...
via: GettyAnd 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.
And, due to his infamous stubbornness...
via: GettyPeople haven't been feeling too confident with Trump's likelihood of actually declaring an emergency.
So, today, it has come as a rather pleasant surprise to hear that President Trump has officially declared a national emergency.
via: GettyIn 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.