Trump reveals progress in COVID-19 combat

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Mon, 20 Apr 2020 - 09:34 GMT

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rapid Test Kit- U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Pedro Tenorio

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rapid Test Kit- U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Pedro Tenorio

WASHINGTON, April 20 (MENA) - US President Donald Trump has announced progress in combating Coronavirus, pointing out that he is about to agree with the democrats on a new economic package.

According to New York times, the White House and congressional Democrats on Sunday closed in on an agreement for a $450 billion economic relief package to replenish a depleted emergency fund for small businesses and to expand coronavirus testing around the country, with votes on the measure possible early this week.

Trump said as many as 4,180,000 coronavirus tests have been conducted and that the testing process will be expanded during the coming period.

He said he would use the Defence Production Act, a law that allows the government greater power over industrial production in a crisis, to increase manufacturing of swabs used for testing.

Trump's comments came after governors in the states hardest hit by the coronavirus sparred with him over his claims they have enough tests and should quickly reopen their economies amid more protests planned over the extension of stay-at-home orders.

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