President Trump declares virus pandemic a national emergency

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is announcing that he is declaring the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency.

He spoke to the American people from the Rose Garden as Washington struggles with providing Americans with relief and officials race to slow the spread of outbreak.

The president says the emergency will open up nearly $50 billion for state and local governments to respond to the outbreak. Negotiations continue between the White House and Congress on an aid package, but there was no announcement of a breakthrough, as House Democrats prepare to vote on their own measure Friday.

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