Watch Live: White House Press Briefing 04/09/2020

White House Press Briefing 03/26/2020. Photo by Tia Dufour.

President Impeached is scheduled to once again hold a campaign rally, followed by a coronavirus task force update at 5 p.m. D.C. time. If pattern holds, he’ll likely tweet about 30 minutes before 5 saying the press conference will being after 5:30 p.m. D.C. time.

President Impeached will likely open today’s campaign rally with offering UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson a speedy recovery.

The Washington Post reported that Johnson, who tested positive for the coronavirus on March 27th, 2020, has been moved from the ICU, but remains hospitalized. Downing street is quoted as saying Johnson was in “good spirits,” adding the PM is in the “early phase of his recovery.”

President Impeached tweeted regarding the news.

It’s being reported that the press attending today’s rally will be given coronavirus tests.

President Impeached will likely be asked in the Q&A about the recent unemployment claims number, which the Labor Department reported early Thursday reached 6.6 million in the week ending April 4th.

The Washington Post reports that the four week total is now 17 million new jobless claims. Speaking to the Washington Post, top economist Janet Yellen said the U.S. unemployment rate has jump to at least 12 or 13 percent, marking the worst levels of joblessness since the Great Depression.

He’ll likely also be asked to explain how come as NPR reported Wednesday that testing sites supported by the Federal Government are ending on Friday.

In the Philadelphia suburbs, Montgomery County has a drive-through site that has tested 250 people a day since March 21.

“It has been a very successful site. We are hoping by the time it closes Friday afternoon that we will have tested a little over 5,000 individuals,” says Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, who chairs the commission in the county of more than 825,000 people.

Montgomery County has been hit hard by the pandemic. By Tuesday the county identified 1,294 positive cases and reported 32 COVID-19-related deaths.

NPR. 04/08/2020.

A spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services said, that many of the Community-Based Testing sites, aren’t closing just transitioning to a state-managed site. The HHS spokesperson added, the move will ensure flexibility to manage and operate testing sites.

Many of the Community-Based Testing Sites (CBTS) are not closing, but rather transitioning to state-managed sites on or about April 10.

The transition will ensure each state has the flexibility and autonomy to manage and operate testing sites within the needs of their specific community and to prioritize resources where they are needed the most

NPR. 04/08/2020.

The statement did little to appease Arkoosh who told NPR, “I am understandably disappointed that the supplies and federal contract for lab testing is ending just as we are heading into the surge here in southeastern Pennsylvania.”

As of 12:37 p.m. CA., time, John Hopkins reports that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S., stands at *451,491. 15,938 have died as a result of the disease while 24,790 are said to be in total recovery.

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