Trump invoked US defence production act on Thursday night

# 20:25
20 March 2020

US President Donald Trump stated he invoked the Defence Production Act on Thursday night to get the needed medical supplies to the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak, APA reports citing Sputnik.

The US president also stated that the country is closing the southern border for all non-essential travel amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump's statement comes after New York Mayor Bill De Blasio urged the US president to order a full military mobilisation amid the coronavirus outbreak. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo displayed a table during the briefing that showed a total of 4,408 COVID-19 cases registered in New York City, 1,091 in Westchester County, 754 in Nassau, 371 in Suffolk, 101 in Rockland, 84 in Orange, 61 in Albany, 36 in Dutchess, 32 in Monroe, and 31 in Erie.

The number of deaths across New York state from COVID-19 complications has reached 35, according to Cuomo.

As of 20 March, the number of COVID-19 cases in the United States had reached 13,680, with 200 people having died of the disease, according to John Hopkins University.