Confronting the ‘Silent Enemy:’ Trump on New York ‘Disaster’ Area, Coronavirus Efforts

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In a Saturday update from President Trump’s White House coronavirus task force, Trump discussed declaring New York state a major disaster area.

Friday night, the Trump administration coordinated with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to declare New York a disaster area. The move supplies assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected.

As of 3 p.m. Saturday, 11,645 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the state of New York with 23,480 total cases reported in the U.S, per Johns Hopkins. 56 deaths have been reported in New York.

In a press conference earlier Saturday, Cuomo stressed that the virus has put severe strain on New York’s health resources. “We are literally scouring globe for medical supplies,” Cuomo said.

On Friday, Cuomo ordered a lockdown on New York State and ordered all non-essential businesses to close and residents to stay at home. “I want to be able to say to the people of New York — I did everything we could do,” Cuomo said.

The new restrictions, which include all include a mandate for all workers to work from home, goes into effect Sunday at 8 p.m.

299,061 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed globally, and 12,755 deaths have been attributed to the disease, per Johns Hopkins. 91,540 cases have resulted in a recovery.

Friday, stocks continued to react to coronavirus fears that have decimated Wall Street for over a month. Dow Jones Industrial Average finished down 913 points, or 4.55%, to 19,173, the S&P 500 declined 4.34% and the Nasdaq gave up 3.79%.

Plans for federal stimulus continue with White House Economic Advisor Larry Kudlow saying a $2 trillion stimulus package is in discussion in the Senate.

“[The coronavirus] is the invisible enemy and we will be successful in defeating it; sooner than some people think,” Trump said. 

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