Trump speaks live on coronavirus, and other updates from the growing global health crisis
President Trump announced Wednesday that he will hold a press conference at 6:30 p.m. ET at the White House with officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and others to discuss the spread of the coronavirus.
As of Tuesday evening, there were 57 people with the virus in the United States.
New York’s governor is asking state lawmakers to approve spending $40 million to respond to the threat of the COVID-19 virus, while New York City has set plans that include making as many as 1,200 hospital beds available.
The state hasn’t had any confirmed cases of the new virus, but officials are waiting for test results regarding one person in Long Island’s Nassau County, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters Wednesday.
“Yes, we’re preparing, but this situation is not a situation that should cause undue fear among people,” Cuomo said.
Since emerging in China in December, it has sickened more than 81,000 people and killed 2,700 around the world. U.S. cases total more than 50 so far, and the White House has requested $2.5 billion for vaccine development, treatment and protective equipment.
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