Trump Invokes National Guard In 3 Hardest-Hit States By COVID-19 Pandemic

Publish On: 23 Mar, 2020 10:20 AM | Updated   |   Shivalik  

US President Donald Trump has activated the National Guard in three of the hardest-hit states by the coronavirus pandemic in an attempt to curb the further spread of the virus.

The governors of the states of New York, California, and Washington "will be in command" of the missions, and therefore the costs are going to be covered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Xinhua press agency quoted Trump as saying at a White House news conference.

The FEMA has been directed to deliver four federal medical stations with 1,000 beds to NY, eight federal medical stations with 2,000 beds to California, and three federal medical stations and three smaller medical stations with 1,000 beds to Washington, consistent with the President.

The supplies will arrive in NY and California in 48 hours, with two navy hospital ships expected to be put into operation on the West Coast and East Coast, respectively, Trump added.

The president has also invoked the Defense Production Act to spice up production of masks and public health items that became critical amid the pandemic but was yet to truly advance that front despite mounting involves him to require action.

Washington state reported the primary confirmed cases and deaths during the first days of the spread of the coronavirus within the US. 

It was later surpassed by NY state, which has now become the epicenter of the outbreak within the country.

California, the nation's most populous state, has ordered all of its residents to remain reception so on slow the spread of the contagion.

Confirmed cases and fatalities both continued to surge nationwide, reaching 33,276 and 417, respectively, consistent with the newest data from Johns Hopkins University.