Trump Declares Emergency as the World Steps up Fight against COVID-19
President Donald Trump declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency on Friday. He freed up money and resources that could assist in fighting the virus outbreak and stated that he was ready to support an aid package in Congress which would provide direct relief to Americans.
Trump also announced several executive actions, which included a new public-private partnership which would assist in expanding the coronavirus testing capabilities with drive-through locations.
The president also took several other actions to bolster the energy markets, ease the financial burdens for the Americans with student loans, and provide medical professionals with extra flexibility in treating patients during the outbreak.
However, the president denied any responsibility for delays in making the coronavirus testing available as his administration was recently criticized for being slow in responding.
Trump’s announcement came as many students around the world faced weeks without classes, events and gatherings were banned, and several sporting activities were suspended.
The new coronavirus only causes mild or moderate symptoms like fever and cough for most people. For some, especially older people and those with existing health problems, the virus can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. According to the World Health Organization, the vast majority of people recover from the epidemic.