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US President Donald Trump has declared the coronavirus outbreak is a national emergency.
The move is set to free up tens of billions of federal dollars to try to combat the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus.
More than 30 people in America have died after contracting COVID-19 and there have been over 1,200 infections in the pandemic.
It comes as the speaker in House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, announced the Democrat-controlled House would approve a coronavirus aid package.
The plan would provide free coronavirus testing and two weeks of paid sick and family leave for those affected by the disease, Ms Pelosi said.
But Mr Trump has not yet publicly backed the package, making its outcome uncertain in Congress.
Ms Pelosi does not need support from the Republicans to pass legislation in the Democrat-majority House.
But it would probably not get far in the Republican-controlled Senate without bipartisan support.
The House aid package builds on an emergency $8.3bn measure approved last week.
Ms Pelosi promised a third coronavirus package will follow soon.
Courtesy of Sky News