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President Donald Trump declares virus pandemic a national emergency

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Posted at 3:00 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 16:59:32-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is announcing that he is declaring the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency.

He is speaking to the American people from the Rose Garden as Washington struggles with providing Americans with relief and officials race to slow the spread of outbreak.

He says the emergency declaration will free up to $50 billion for state and local governments to respond to the outbreak.

Negotiations continue between the White House and Congress on an aid package, but there was no announcement of a breakthrough, as House Democrats prepare to vote on their own measure Friday.