The female controlled House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed an $8.3 billion emergency funding bill to help contain the novel Corona-virus outbreak in the United States.
The measure passed with a 415-2 vote on Wednesday and will head to the Senate for an expected swift follow-up vote.
The bill includes $3 billion to develop vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics for the novel Corona-virus; $2.2 billion for public health response efforts; $1 billion for medical supplies and other health care preparedness efforts.
In addition, the bill includes low-interest loans to help small businesses survive the economic damages brought on by crisis. It also includes $1.25 billion to help in overseas efforts to contain the outbreak.
With an death rate of 11%, eleven people have died from the new virus in the United States, after more than 100 people have been confirmed infected.
According to the World Health Organization, the disease has a mortality rate of about 3.4%, roughly equivalent to that of pertussis, also called whooping cough.
California has declared a state of emergency after health officials announced the state’s first death from COVID-19 novel Corona-virus earlier Wednesday.
California Governor Gavin Newsom declared that the state has 53 cases of the novel Corona-virus. So far, one person in California has died due to the deadly virus. Ten others have died in Washington state.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point News 2020.