President Donald Trump has offered this Friday a press conference to address the coronavirus crisis in which he has declared a national emergency. The conference that has been offered from the White House and was expected by health experts for days.
The national emergency declaration will obtain the release of federal funds to support state and local authorities in the face of the wave of patients that already number 1,650 people infected in 46 states and that have claimed the lives of at least 41 people across the country, according to reports from The New York Times.
The announcement comes just as Congress is rushing to pass legislation that would help provide financial aid to victims.
Trump would make the statement under the Robert T. Stafford Assistance and Emergency Act, better known as the Stafford Act, a senior administration official told the aforementioned newspaper. The statement would release close to a pandemic.
There the president extended the travel ban between the United States and China and South Korea, placing the entire European continent on that list, with the exception of the United Kingdom and Ireland.
When the crisis erupted, the president placed Vice President Mike Pence in charge of the work to counter the virus, but gradually and as the emergency grows, the President has been taking a central role in the issue. Leaders of the G-7 group are expected to hold a conference call Monday to coordinate efforts against the virus.