Home foreclosures, evictions stopped for 60 days – deadline
Today’s White House coronavirus press briefing revealed that President Donald Trump has ordered foreclosures and evictions cease for 60 days in a bid to alleviate unemployment caused by job losses related to coronaviruses. The briefing also described the steps taken to mass produce masks and ventilators on an accelerated basis.
Discussions continue on an economic stabilization plan of around $ 1.3 trillion to $ 1.4 trillion. If an agreement is reached in the House, the Senate could consider the package as early as Monday.
The issue of lack of medical supplies has been raised, with the administration insisting it is recruiting companies to mass-produce the necessary masks and ventilators. President Trump has said he did not use the Defense Production Act due to a voluntary effort by companies like Hanes, which are modernizing their normal clothing lines to produce masks.
“We want them on the open market from a price point of view,” Trump said, adding Honeywell, 3M and Pernod Ricard USA as other companies step up.
Just under 200,000 Americans with symptoms of coronavirus infection have been tested, according to Vice President Mike Pence. He advised against panic testing so as not to overwhelm medical facilities.
“If you don’t have symptoms, don’t get tested,” Pence said. “This is another way for the American people to ensure that we are conserving resources.”