Authorities in five States, including Maryland, which borders the capital, Washington, declared a state of emergency in connection with the coronavirus outbreak.
President Donald Trump on Friday signed a law providing for an emergency allocation of $ 8.3 billion to fight the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, including funding for vaccine development. The bill passed both houses of Congress almost unanimously.
Richard Shelby, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said: “In situations like this, I believe there is no need to spare money to protect Americans.”
The US Department of health and human services said Thursday that one million COVID-19 test kits are expected to be delivered to US medical laboratories over the weekend.
Five States – Maryland, California, Florida, Washington, and Hawaii-have declared a state of emergency in connection with the outbreak of the virus.