Barr says Trump signed order to prevent hoarding of medical supplies

  • Barr says Trump signed order to prevent hoarding of medical supplies

Barr says Trump signed order to prevent hoarding of medical supplies

The briefing comes as the United States became the nation with the third-largest number of COVID-19 cases in the world.

New Jersey added more than 800 cases in one day this week, reaching 3,675 positive tests and 44 deaths Wednesday morning. With 139 deaths, the number of fatalities crossed 550 last night.

After signing the order on Monday, Trump told a White House press briefing that the presidential decree would "prohibit the hoarding of vital medical equipment and supplies, such as hand sanitizers, face masks, and personal protective equipment", reports Xinhua news agency.

'And that means it will be a crime to stockpile these items in excessive quantities which is happening to a relatively small degree...very simply we will not allow anyone to exploit the suffering of American citizens for their own profit'.

"No one will want to tone things down when you see what's happening in a place like New York City", he said. Almost one in every two Americans infected by novel coronavirus are from New York City which reported 5,085 news cases on Monday taking the total to 20,875. The state has seen the most dramatic increase in the number of reported cases, prompting Cuomo and the mayor of NY - where about 58% of state cases are located - to appeal to the federal government for million additional medical supplies.

The state reported the death of a coronavirus teenager on Tuesday.

Health officials warned that COVID-19-related casualty figures in NY are expected to jump significantly in the coming days.

"Look at us today, where we are today, you will be in three weeks or four weeks or five weeks or six weeks", Cuomo said Tuesday in a grim speech to other state leaders. We have received evidence recently.

"So to all of my friends and colleagues in NY, this is the group that needs to absolutely social distance and self-isolate at this time".

"We are in a space where people have made general recommendations for decades on how to deal with an epidemic", Birx said.

President Trump told reporters at a White House news conference that NY along with other hotspots such as Washington State and California is the top priority for his administration. "But if you are sitting on a warehouse with surgical masks you will be hearing a knock on your door". The New York Democrat immediately sent out a roster of negotiating wins for transit systems, hospital, and cash-hungry state governments that were cemented after Democrats blocked the measure in votes held Sunday and Monday to maneuver for such gains. "This lovely Easter day", said Trump, referring to April 12.

He also announced that clinical trials for existing drugs that may prove effective against the virus will begin in NY.

NY was not the only state to start recording heartbreaking caseloads in the past week.

But despite these directives, Trump told Fox News on Tuesday that "crowded churches across our country" at Easter would "roughly meet the schedule that strikes me as fair". The website is established in 2015 and is owned by AGK FIRE INC.