US President Trump has declared a national emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic. His government plans to provide up to $ 50 billion for the states to fight the virus.
US President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We have to overcome the virus threat,” Trump said. He spoke of a “new phase” of a “mass pandemic” that could “last for a long time”.
Up to $ 50 billion to fight viruses
The emergency, for example, allows the U.S. government to more quickly pay financial aid to U.S. states and communities to better combat the spread of the virus. Trump has announced up to $ 50 billion for this purpose. In the event of a national emergency, the US government can use the funds to provide disaster relief funds.
Trump asked the states to set up centers for the reception and treatment of infected people. In addition, emergency plans would now have to be developed.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1,600 people have been infected with the virus to date in the United States. 41 people died as a result of infection. Johns Hopkins University has spoken of nearly 1,270 infections in the United States, as does the World Health Organization.
Saved many lives by protecting the borders
Trump also praised the steps already taken against the pandemic. It was only on Thursday that he had banned Europeans from entering the country, which should last for at least 30 days. The ban should come into force that night. Previously, travelers who had been in China and Iran had been prohibited from entering the United States in two separate steps. By protecting the borders, his government “saved many lives,” Trump said.
Trump also promised economic support before the national emergency was declared, for example through tax relief or short-term loans for companies. The spread of the corona virus has weakened the US markets significantly and led to price drops on Wall Street.
Democrats are pushing for free corona tests
Trump had been particularly criticized by the Democrats for dealing with the virus. He played down the danger. The party had asked Trump in writing to declare a national emergency.
In addition, the chairwoman of the democratically led House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, denounced that there were no free tests for the virus. She announced a law that should allow free testing.