Trump activates National Guard in California, New York and Washington state to fight coronavirus outbreak

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Members of the Maryland Army National Guard arrive at Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center to set up a triage tent in the parking lot outside of the emergency room on March 19, 2020 in Silver Spring, Maryland. Hospitals across the country are preparing for an influx of additional patients due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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President Donald Trump on Sunday announced that he has activated the National Guard in California, New York and Washington state in order to combat the spread of the coronavirus. 

The state governors will retain command of the National Guard, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] will cover all costs of the missions to respond to the virus outbreak, the president said during a White House press briefing. 

The three states have been hit the hardest by the virus. New York has 15,168 confirmed cases, up 4,812 since Saturday, totaling roughly 5% of cases worldwide. The number of global cases surged past 300,000 on Sunday, with over 13,000 deaths across the world, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. 

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