US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — US President Donald Trump has introduced a nationwide emergency regime to combat the spread of coronavirus. The American leader made the corresponding announcement on Friday at a specially convened press conference in the White House.
“I officially declare today a nationwide emergency. This measure opens up access to the allocation of $ 50 billion – significant funds – to the states, territories and local authorities to combat this disease,” Trump said.
The emergency mode will remove bureaucratic obstacles to allocating funds from the federal budget to local and state administrations. Earlier, the US administration received $ 8.3 billion from Congress to contain the scale of the infection.
The right to impose a state of emergency in the United States belongs to the president. Until 1976, the head of state could introduce him for any term and for any reason that, in his opinion, threatened the national security of the country. The introduction of the regime was then regulated by the National Emergencies Act; 1976.
During this time, the national emergency regime was introduced in the United States more than fifty times.
Possible entry ban
Trump admits the possibility of a ban on entry into the country from the UK due to the spread of the coronavirus.
“I was recommended by experts [to introduce an entry ban for EU citizens]. We are considering an addition based on incoming data on new cases of [coronavirus],” he said, answering a question why the UK has not been affected by the entry ban. “It’s possible that we’ll have to include them (Great Britain – approx. TASS) in the list, how to [include] and a number of other countries. Perhaps we’ll think about excluding someone [from the list].”
The United States introduced a temporary ban on entry from Europe, which will enter into force on March 13 at 23:59 Eastern Time (March 14 at 06:59 Moscow time). The restriction is introduced for a period of 30 days. It will not be possible to enter the United States from 26 countries that are members of the Schengen visa-free zone. These are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
The ban applies not only to citizens and nationals of these states, but also to foreigners who were in their territory for two weeks before their intended trip to the United States.
According to CNN, the number of cases of infection with a new coronavirus in the United States reached 1920, 41 people died. The authorities of 24 states have introduced an emergency mode on their territory. An outbreak caused by the new coronavirus disease was recorded at the end of December 2019 in Central China. On March 11, the World Health Organization recognized it as a pandemic.
Five million additional coronavirus tests will be available within a month thanks to a partnership between US authorities and the private sector, Trump said.
“Today we are announcing a new partnership with the private sector to significantly increase our ability to conduct coronavirus tests. We want to ensure that those who need the test can get it, [so that it is] very safe, fast and convenient.” – said the American leader.
“The Food and Drug Administration (FDA – approx. TASS) approved a new virus test, we did it a few hours after receiving a request from [Swiss pharmaceutical companies] Roche, although this process usually takes weeks. with this, we expect that up to half a million additional tests will be available early next week, “Trump continued.
“I also want to thank [the company] Thermo Fisher. The FDA’s goal is to approve its request within 24 hours <…>, which will additionally provide another 1.4 million tests next week and 5 million within a month.” – added the head of the Washington administration.
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