President Donald Trump on Friday, March 13, designated this upcoming Sunday a National Day of Prayer as the United States battles the deadly coronavirus that has spread to more than 120 countries and caused thousands of deaths.
“We are a Country that, throughout our history, has looked to God for protection and strength in times like these …” President Trump tweeted. “No matter where you may be, I encourage you to turn toward prayer in an act of faith. Together, we will easily PREVAIL!”
….No matter where you may be, I encourage you to turn toward prayer in an act of faith. Together, we will easily PREVAIL!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2020
The president’s announcement came shortly after he declared a national emergency over the coronavirus outbreak, in addition to partnerships with major U.S. companies to expand testing capabilities.
The concerns surrounding the pandemic has caused extensive disruptions to the economy and American life. Several cities and states have banned large gatherings, canceled events, closed schools, and Americans are generally being encouraged to limit their movements in order to slow the spread of the virus.
President Trump, who pledged to “put the health and well-being of Americans first,” said on Friday night that he supported the H.R. 6201: Families First Coronavirus Response Act dedicated to providing financial relief to families and workers hardest hit by the virus pandemic.
“This Bill will follow my direction for free CoronaVirus tests, and paid sick leave for our impacted American workers,” he tweeted. “I have directed the Secretary of the Treasury and the Secretary of Labor to issue regulations that will provide flexibility so that in no way will Small Businesses be hurt. I encourage all Republicans and Democrats to come together and VOTE YES …”
The House of Representatives approved the package in a 363-40 vote early Saturday.
Thus far over 140,000 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed worldwide with more than 5,000 deaths recorded. In the United States, there are now over 1,700 confirmed cases with over 40 deaths reported.
Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health, one of the members of White House Coronavirus Task Force, believes that the disruptions to everyday life in the United States could last from four to five weeks, or more before the country could potentially turn the corner on the outbreak.
“Things are going to get worse before they get better,” Fauci said in an interview on “Fox & Friends” on Friday.
“It is unfortunate that we’re in this,” he added. “This is [one] of the things that we’ve been talking about for years. It’s predictable; you will have outbreaks. We’ve got to deal with it, you deal with it by action, not by fear.”