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President Trump declares national emergency amid coronavirus spread

Move will open access to billions in funding
Posted at 3:32 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 15:44:33-04

(WTXL) — President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

President Trump made the declaration at the White House Friday regarding the coronavirus pandemic at 3 p.m.

The action will free up billions of dollars to fight the spread of the disease in the U.S.

Trump's announcement comes two days after he held a primetime address regarding the pandemic from the Oval Office.

During that address, Trump announced that he was instituting a 30-day ban on travel to all European nations besides the United Kingdom. That ban begins Friday.

Full news conference below: