U.S President declares a national State of Emergency over Coronavirus pandemic

U.S President declares a national State of Emergency over Coronavirus pandemic

U.S President, Donald Trump declared a national emergency on Friday afternoon over the coronavirus pandemic after cases of the illness in the US spread to 44 states involving at least 1,920 patients and 41 deaths.

In a press conference in the Rose Garden at the White House, the president, who has angered and worried many with a mix of confusing and dismissive public addresses about the outbreak, announced that he was invoking the law known as the 1988 Stafford Act that gives the president and the federal government special powers to assist state and local governments during “natural catastrophes”.

Only the president can declare a major disaster under the law.

Trump has invoked the Stafford Act many times during his presidency, approving major disaster declarations to address flooding in the midwest and wildfires in California, among other events.

 

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