President Trump gives update on coronavirus


(WEHT/AP)- Wednesday evening President Trump announced several decisions that were made due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

One of those decisions was suspending all travel and cargo travel from Europe to the United States for 30 days. These new rules go into effect Friday night.

This does not apply to the United Kingdom. 

Trump says the U.S. will monitor the situation to determine if travel can be reopened earlier.

The White House has also canceled a planned trip by the president to Nevada and Colorado this week, “out of an abundance of caution.”.

Trump said he was also directing agencies to provide unspecified financial relief for “for workers who are ill, quarantined or caring for others due to coronavirus,” and asked Congress to take action to extend it.

Trump said the U.S. will defer tax payments for some individual and business filers for three months to lessen the impacts of the virus outbreak.

He said the Small Business Administration will also make low-interest loans available to businesses to help them weather the storm.

“This is not a financial crisis,” he said. “This just a temporary moment of time that we will overcome together as a nation and as a world.”

Trump also reiterated his call on Congress to pass a cut to the federal payroll tax in order to stimulate the economy, though that proposal was dismissed by many lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

He remained silent on his previous calls to provide assistance to industries hard-hit by the pandemic like airlines and cruise ships.

He encourages America to follow guidelines and practice good hygiene.  

Right now, there are not any confirmed cases of coronavirus in our Tri-State area.

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(This story was originally published on March 11, 2020)

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