Coronavirus: United States to adopt ‘war footing’ to combat virus pandemic

Washington: US President Donald Trump has announced to put the country on ‘war footing’ in-order to tackle COVID-19 outbreak in the country.

Speaking at a press conference at White House he stated, “It’s a war. I view it as a, in a sense, a wartime president.”

“We must sacrifice together, because we are all in this together, and we will come through together. It’s the invisible enemy. That’s always the toughest enemy. But we are going to defeat the invisible enemy. I think we are going to do it even faster than we thought, and it’ll be a complete victory. It’ll be a total victory,” he added.

Mr. Trump has announced the signing of ‘Defense Production Act 1950’, which empowers the president to direct civilian businesses to help meet orders for products necessary for national security.

Mr. President has said that two US Navy hospitals ships would be pressed into service to help alleviate an expected shortage of sick beds. USNS Comfort is expected to be sent to New York and USNS Mercy is expected to deploy on West Coast.

As of now, United States has reported more than 9,300 cases of Covid-19 and has seen 150 deaths.