President Trump announced he was declaring a National Emergency today over the coronavirus.
The President made the announcement at 3 p.m. Friday in the Rose Garden.
Concerns about the virus have prompted massive closures across the country and a stock market rout, even though Trump has been ahead of the curve on preparing for the virus in most regards.
Trump and his administration banned flights from Europe earlier this week for the next 30 days.
The order opens up access to $50 billion for states to combat coronavirus.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 13, 2020
Mexico is mulling measures it may take with its northern border over fears that coronavirus will spread from the U.S., health officials said on Friday.
The country has has confirmed 16 cases of coronavirus with no deaths, while there are more than 1,800 cases in the United States, where 41 people have died.
Mexico’s deputy health minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said contagion from the United States is a threat, Reuters reported.
“Mexico wouldn’t bring the virus to the United States, rather the United States would bring it here,” he said at a news conference “The possible flow of coronavirus would come from the north to the south.”
“If it were technically necessary, we would consider mechanisms of restriction or stronger surveillance,” he said.
For his part, President Trump contends that the coronavirus only strengthens his argument that a wall is needed to secure the U.S. southern border.
“To this point, and because we have had a very strong border policy, we have had 40 deaths related to Coronavirus. If we had weak or open borders, that number would be many times higher!” Trump wrote on Twitter on Friday.
What an odd turn of events. Now Mexicans are worried about coming to the U.S., Talk about irony.