As American life continued to slow to a near-halt on Friday in response to the coronavirus pandemic, officials tried to alleviate concerns surrounding testing – or the lack thereof.
In an effort to address the crisis, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency, freeing up $50 billion to help fight the coronavirus. He added that he will likely get a test when details are worked out.
Trump told reporters in the Rose Garden that his administration would partner with the private sector to increase testing capacity. He claimed the private sector would be able to provide 5 million coronavirus tests within a month.
“We want to make sure that those who need a test can get a test very safely, quickly and conveniently,” Trump said.