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Trump signs $8.3 billion bill to fight Wuhan coronavirus

Christian Fernsby |
U.S. President Donald Trump signed a bill today allocating $8.3 billion to bolster the country’s capacity to fight Wuhan coronavirus.

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Expanded testing is considered crucial to slowing the spread of the respiratory illness in the United States, where the death toll reached 14 by Friday morning with more than 230 cases in at least 17 states. Worldwide, more than 3,400 people have died after becoming infected with the virus, most of them in China.

“We’re doing very well,” the president said. “But it’s an unforeseen problem... came out of nowhere but we’re taking care of it.”

Trump said he had spoken to California Governor Gavin Newsom about a cruise ship that was barred from docking in San Francisco after at least 35 people developed flu like symptoms. The ship has been linked to two confirmed cases of the illness caused by Wuhan coronavirus.

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