President Donald Trump says he's ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency to ship mobile hospital centers to the hard-hit states of Washington, California and New York amid the coronavirus pandemic. For New York, that would mean another 1,000 hospital beds.

READ MORE: Trump is also revealing for the first time the number of respirators and other personal protective equipment sent to the hard-hit states by the federal government.

It comes as state and local leaders have appealed on the federal government to provide far more, and as Trump has held off on using his fully authority under the Defense Production Act to marshal the private sector's capabilities.

Trump says it's up to states to try to get the materials first.

Trump says he's also giving governors in those three states flexibility in calling up their national guard, keeping it under local control but providing federal funding.

Trump also issued a disaster declaration for Washington state and ordered federal assistance for the state, tribal and local response to the coronavirus outbreak that has killed dozens.

The disaster declaration will provide federal assistance for both emergency protective measures and crisis counseling, the White House said. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said the federal declaration was appreciated but added it was a “first step” that doesn't go far enough.

The U.S. has more than 33,000 confirmed cases and more than 400 deaths resulting from COVID-19 as of Sunday. (AP)

LINK: https://www.voanews.com/science-health/coronavirus-outbreak/trump-issues...

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