BREAKING: President Trump Officially Declares Wuhan Coronavirus a National Emergency, Gives New Details About Testing

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Posted: Mar 13, 2020 4:25 PM
BREAKING: President Trump Officially Declares Wuhan Coronavirus a National Emergency, Gives New Details About Testing

Source: (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

Speaking from the Rose Garden Friday afternoon, President Trump officially declared a national emergency as the Wuhan coronavirus continues to spread. 

"To unleash the full power of the federal government, I'm officially declaring a national emergency. Two very big words," Trump said.  "The action I am taking will open up access to up to $50 billion dollars for states, territories and localities in our shared fight against this disease."

Business executives from Walgreens, Walmart, Quest Diagnostics, CVS, Target, Roche Diagnostics and other medical care companies also spoke at the event and explained they are ready to partner with the federal government to conduct testing for the virus. They will set up new testing sites at stores and in parking lots to get the job done. 

While new testing sites and kits will be available soon, officials and President Trump are warning against a run on testing if individuals do not have symptoms. 

"We are announcing a new partnership with the private sector to vastly increase and accelerate our capacity to test for the coronavirus,” Trump said. "We don't want people to take a test if we feel that they shouldn't be doing it, and we don't want everybody running out and taking. Only if you have certain symptoms."

New details on logistics for testing were also revealed and explained by Dr. Deborah Birx, who serves on the Wuhan coronavirus task force under Vice President Mike Pence. 

On a separate note, President Trump announced the United States is buying "large quantities" of crude oil to stock up American reserves.