NEW York State has been declared a major disaster area by President Trump as New York City becomes the epicenter of coronavirus in the United States.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer said a major disaster declaration was approved on Friday evening.
He shared the news to Twitter and praised himself and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand for pushing for the move.
"FEMA needs to get to work NOW to open these MANY billions in direct aid for New York and individuals to help save lives and protect public health," he wrote.
According to the New York Post, Schumer announced Friday: “With no time to waste, the administration heeded the call and approved the nation’s first Major Disaster Declaration in response to the coronavirus, right here in New York.”
“With more and more cases confirmed here each day, it’s imperative that the federal government does everything within its power to stem the spread of the deadly coronavirus.”
The announcement comes after Cuomo ordered all non-essential workers in New York to stay home, as the state was branded the "epicenter" of the coronavirus outbreak.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city could run out of medical supplies in two weeks, as there are now at least 17,610 confirmed COVID-19 cases across America, with the total number of deaths past 237.
"We are now, whether we would like it or not, we are the epicenter," Mayor de Blasio said Friday on CNN.
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