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Trump officially declares national emergency and invokes Stafford Act

Trump officially declares national emergency and invokes Stafford Act

Donald Trump has declared the coronavirus a national emergency under the Stafford Act, allowing officials to access up to $50bn in funds set aside to deal with natural disasters. More than 1,700 Americans have now tested positive for the virus, and 41 have died. Speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House, Mr Trump said declaring an emergency would allow the health and human services secretary, Alex Azar, to waive “certain laws and regulations” to give healthcare operators more flexibility. Mr Trump said there would be 500,000 extra tests available early next week. The administration...

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