President Donald Trump declared a national emergency over the coronavirus pandemic, at a news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House, where he was joined by Vice President Mike Pence.
The federal government will now have full power and up as much as $50 billion in financial resources will be available to assist Americans affected by the outbreak. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned that “there will be many more cases” of coronavirus in coming weeks. “The next eight weeks are critical,” the president said. The U.S. will have 1.4 million coronavirus test kits available within a week and a total of 5 million kits within the next month. They will be used for people who „have certain symptoms.” French President Emmanuel Macron said Friday that he, Trump and the rest of leaders of the Group of 7 economic giant nations have “agreed to organize an extraordinary Leaders Summit by videoconference on Monday on Covid-19.”
As of Friday, there were more than 135,000 known cases of coronavirus globally, including nearly 5,000 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. In the United States, there have been at least 1,700 known cases, with at least 40 deaths.