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Donald Trump Signs $8.3bn Aid Bill As Coronavirus Cases Rise

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Donald Trump Signs $8.3bn Aid Bill As Coronavirus Cases Rise

US President Donald Trump has signed an $8.3bn (£6.4bn) emergency bill to help fight the deadly coronavirus which is causing tension all over the world.

With confirmed cases reaching 233 – in addition to 14 deaths – Mr Trump urged calm, adding: “It’ll go away.”

The White House has faced criticism for its response, and has acknowledged the US does not have enough test kits to meet rising demand.

Results are being awaited of tests on passengers on board a cruise ship being held off San Francisco, California.

Dozens of passengers were tested on Thursday after a passenger died and at least four others became infected on a previous voyage by the ship, the Grand Princess.

More than 100,000 coronavirus cases have been confirmed worldwide and over 3,400 deaths, according to data collated by Johns Hopkins University. The majority of cases and deaths are in China, where the virus first emerged in December.

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