After finally declaring the coronavirus pandemic as a national emergency, Donald Trump is now treating this as a serious issue. Now, rising from the ashes, fellow Republican Mitt Romney has come forward with some unwanted advice for the President and it may be much easier said than done.
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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, 4,102 people have been confirmed to have been infected with the virus, and seventy-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 became the first U.S. city to declare an official state of emergency even when they had no confirmed cases. Now there are thirty-seven infected people in the state.
And there is a reason for people to really start panicking.
The BBC reported on the 11th of March that the coronavirus was officially confirmed by the WHO as a pandemic.
Our President had spent the past couple of days 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.
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.
And one man who thinks he could be of some great assistance is none other than fellow Republican and former Presidential nominee, Mitt Romney.
On Monday, during a press release, he said this: “Every American adult should immediately receive $1,000 to help ensure families and workers can meet their short-term obligations and increase spending in the economy.”
“Congress took similar action during the 2001 and 2008 recessions. While expansions of paid leave, unemployment insurance, and SNAP benefits [the program formally known as food stamps] are crucial, the check will help fill the gaps for Americans that may not quickly navigate different government options.”
He’s been arguing this point for a while, as his Democratic campaign (which is now over) was based almost entirely on this one idea.
“Putting money into people’s hands is the obvious thing to do in this situation. I hope Congress wakes up to this before it’s too late. Every day is enormous at this point.”
This includes a grant for small businesses that have been affected by the virus and have had profits “stolen” from them. He also wants to defer student loan payments for people that have been affected by the disease.
And let’s not forget about the damage done to the entertainment industry which has cost directors and crews billions. If you want to read more about that issue, then keep scrolling to find out if your favorite TV show or movie had pulled the plug for the foreseeable future.