Trump issues emergency declaration for coronavirus pandemic

President Trump Addresses Nation From White House On Coronavirus

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President Donald Trump declared a federal state of emergency as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread throughout the US. The move frees up additional funding that will allow the government to address the effects of the pandemic.

“I am officially declaring a national emergency,” Trump said today. “Two very big words.”

The declaration opens access to $50 billion, Trump said today. The federal government is asking states to open emergency operation centers and directing hospitals to enact their emergency preparedness plans.

Google is also creating a website that will screen people who think they have symptoms of COVID-19 and, if they need testing, direct them to a drive-though testing site. The test results would then be back in 24 to…

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