Trump signs emergency $8.3 billion bill to fight coronavirus

by Daniel Payne · Mar 6th, 2020 2:29 pm

President Trump on Friday signed an emergency $8.3 billion spending bill meant to help halt the spread of coronavirus, a measure the government takes as the number of confirmed cases and deaths from the disease continue to grow in the United States.

The $8.3 billion allocated by the bill is more than triple the original $2.5 billion asked for by the White House. Trump in public pronouncements has downplayed the alleged threat posed by the coronavirus, speculating that the mortality rate is much lower than official numbers and telling reporters on Friday "it'll go away."

? The coronavirus has killed 14 people in the United States so far. There have been 100,000 confirmed cases worldwide, with nearly 3,300 deaths connected to the virus.


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