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by Sharon Rondeau

White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing, March 16, 2020. Wikimedia Commons, public domain

(Mar. 19, 2020) —  The White House Coronovirus Task Force will be giving a briefing this morning at 11:00 which President Trump suggested on Wednesday will reveal a positive development involving the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

Medicao-doctor guests on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and “Hannity” Wednesday night, one of whom again interviewed with Ed Henry Thursday morning, appeared optimistic that the FDA may be making progress on a course of treatment for the coronovirus, which is exponentially taking American lives each day.

From Wednesday to Thursday, confirmed coronovirus cases doubled in New York City, Fox News reported this morning.  While New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a press conference Wednesday that a “shelter-in-place” order for the city is not feasible, Mayor Bill deBlasio has suggested that a plan such as that which San Francisco adopted this week might still be invoked.

The city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, where the pandemic started late last year, reported no new cases on Thursday, Fox News reported.

The countries of China, Italy, Spain, and Iran have been particularly adversely impacted by the virus, with over 35,000 cases reported by Johns Hopkins University as of Thursday morning.  U.S. deaths number 150 among 9,415 known cases.

Congress is discussing a third relief package aimed at small businesses and individuals to avoid economic collapse.  Since the virus was declared a national emergency on Friday, the stock market has suffered record losses, with all gains made during the Trump administration dissolved.

On Wednesday Trump invoked the Defense Production Act, which allows for the administration to request medical-equipment producers to increase manufacturing of crucial medical supplies in the interest of national security.


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