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This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info… Just the facts… for Saturday March 14th, 2020. President Trump has declared a national emergency. This allows up to 50 billion in funds for disaster relief. FEMA will coordinate disaster response and aid state and local governments. The House passed the “Family’s First: Coronavirus Response Act” in the early hours of Saturday morning. According to speaker Pelosi, the bill will provide "free coronavirus testing for everyone who needs a test, including the uninsured." As well as "paid emergency leave with two weeks of paid sick leave and up to three months of paid family and medical leave." The Senate will vote on the bill next week. West Virginia is the only state without a confirmed case of the virus, as total cases rise to 2,195 with 49 fatalities. 46,000 schools across the U.S. have closed, effecting nearly 21 million students.

The World Health Organization is urging countries to act quickly and aggressively test to fight the virus. CNN reports that Iran’s armed forces will begin clearing public spaces. With only essential business’ remaining open. Italy has suspended all civilian flight operations. The Louvre in Paris has closed. Spain’s Prime Minister declared a 15 day state of emergency. As that country reported a 1500 case increase on Saturday. Bringing total cases in Spain to 5,753 according to The Washington Post. The Post also notes that Guatemala will ban citizens of the U.S., Canada and several European and Asian countries from entering. In an effort to contain the virus, as they report their first case of COVID-19. Global case total: 147, 838.

 

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