Trump signs $8.3 billion bill for coronavirus prevention

Mar 6 2020, 2:11 pm

Early Thursday, the US Senate passed a bill that would see an $8.3 billion budget for the prevention of coronavirus spread. On Friday, President Donald Trump signed the bill saying, “I asked for 2.5, and I got 8.3. I’ll take it.”

The bill is meant to provide the CDC and local governments with the funding and tools needed to combat the spread of coronavirus.

Part of the funds will also go toward ramping up the production and deployment of tests to health officials around the country.

In just two days since LA County announced its declaration of a public health emergency, the confirmed cases number has almost doubled, rising from 148 to 260 at the time of writing.

As far back as January, the government of the United States placed travel restrictions to mainland China, something Trump applauded his team for doing just last week during an address.

According to Secretary Alex Azar, the production and shipment of the promised equipment and kits are “on schedule” and more are coming.