WASHINGTON – United States PresidentDonald Trump announced a national state of emergency on Friday, freeing up $50billion in federal funds for the battle against the coronavirus pandemic as hevowed to “vastly” ramp up testing capacity. US President Donald Trump holds a press conference on COVID-19 in the Rose Garden of the White House on March 13, 2020. AFP “To unleash the full power of thefederal government, I’m officially declaring a national emergency,” Trumptold a news conference on the White House lawn. “The next eight weeks arecritical,” he said. “We can learn and we will turn a corner on thisvirus.” Trump called on all US states to set upemergency operation centers and said the government was partnering with theprivate sector to “vastly increase and accelerate our capacity totest” for the virus, amid criticism about a lack of test kits nationwide.(AFP)
One person was killed after a Jeep carrying ten people crashed while the driver was doing donuts in a Wellington cul-de-sac.PBSO says the crash occurred around 9 p.m., along Stotesbury Way, in a neighborhood near Forest Hill Boulevard and State Road 7, blocks from Emerald Cove Middle School on Tuesday.Two of the ten occupants were partially outside the Jeep Compass on a window ledge when the vehicle overturned, the sheriff’s office said.Those two people were ejected from the vehicle.They were taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center, where 21-year-old Troy Carrabis, of Wellington, died.A 17-year-old passenger suffered minor injuries, and a 15-year-old passenger sustained serious injuries.The sheriff’s office said the driver and seven other people fled the scene.Authorities have detained one of the passengers who initially fled and are questioning that person.Investigators are still working to determine the identities of the driver and occupants.Carrabis graduated from Palm Beach Central High School in 2016.It is unclear at this time whether the unidentified occupants have ties to the high school.This story is developing.