Trump Declares National Emergency

Trump Declares National Emergency

Alyssa Austin, Reporter

On March the 13th, Donald Trump declared a national emergency for the US. In doing this he freed up $50 billion for state and local governments to fund and respond to the pandemic. The declaration of national emergency is rarely used in presidency. On top of the national emergency, Trump also gave the Secretary of Health and Human Service emergency authorities to waive federal regulations to give doctors and hospitals “flexibility” in treating patients. From the lack of testing Trump and the government had been receiving harsh criticism. Also on Friday Trump announced that they would be vastly increasing the testing capacity. However Trump also said that he does not want people to get the Coronavirus test if they do not need it. He said “It’s totally unnecessary, this will pass.” As a response to this, New York released that they will begin drive-through coronavirus testing in New Rochelle. During this announcement on Friday they also announced that there were currently 1,678 reported cases of the coronavirus; however, the death toll was only around 41. Now with the national emergency in play, this number could either grow or fund the things needed to make it diminish.