Daily US Times: President Trump has said the US is ‘at war’ and described himself a ‘wartime president’, but vowed the US will achieve ‘total victory’ over the coronavirus.
Mr Trump has revived a Korean War-era measure allowing the US to ramp up production of vital medical supplies.
Two members of the Congress to test positive for the infection. This is the first case of US Congress members being infected by the virus.
The US has reported 150 deaths so far with 9,300 confirmed cases.
More than 220,000 people have been infected globally with 8,800 deaths.
What did President Trump say?
President Trump was asked by a reporter at the White House press conference whether he considered the country to be on a war footing in terms of fighting the virus.
He replied,” It’s a war. I view it as a, in a sense, a wartime president.”
Trump has been holding daily press conference this week. He was heavily criticized for playing down the outbreak in its early stages.
“We must sacrifice together, because we are all in this together, and we will come through together.”
He added ”It’s the invisible enemy. That’s always the toughest enemy.”
Mr Trump said he thinks his country will defeat the invisible enemy even faster than they thought, adding that ”it’ll be a complete victory. It’ll be a total victory.”
Mr Trump announced he was signing the 1950 Defense Production Act, which empowers the president to direct civilian businesses to help meet orders for products necessary for national security, but clarified on Twitter that he would only invoke the measure “in a worst-case scenario in the future”.
US Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin predicted that the pandemic could send US unemployment rocketing to 20%. Trump described the situation as an “absolute, total worst-case scenario.”
The president said two US Navy hospital ships would be pressed into service to help alleviate an expected shortage of sick beds.