President Donald Trump has declared a state of emergency in the US over the coronavirus outbreak which has led to over 5000 deaths across the world.
The move will allow the Trump administration to utilise the Stafford Act, the federal law that governs disaster-relief efforts, to provide emergency funding to state and local governments.
“The action I am taking will open up $50 billion. Our overriding goal is to stop the spread of the virus,” he said.
Trump also said the move will waive a number of other requirements meant to benefit doctors and fight the coronavirus pandemic.
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