Amid lockdown, US President Donald Trump has some advice for kids.
"I would say that they have a duty to sit back, watch, behave, wash their hands, stay in the apartment with mom and dad," he told media.
"I would say that you are a citizen of the greatest country anywhere in the world and we were attacked like nothing that's happened possibly since 1917,” he added.
Trump said that kids must understand that strict measures are being taken to protect them, and that whatever happens the “war” must be won.
Describing himself as a “wartime President”, Trump had recently announced that he is invoking emergency powers which will allow private sector capacity to be used in responding to the coronavirus pandemic which has already killed more than 130 people in the US.
Trump said he is invoking the Defense Production Act “in case we need it” as the country braces for a sharp spike in COVID-19 caseload.
With these emergency powers, the Trump administration can pull on the country’s installed industrial base to swiftly produce materials needed in a national crisis.
Briefing reporters at the White House , Trump had said America’s battle against the “Chinese virus” is “like a war”.
“It’s a very tough situation”, Trump said on a day of chilling economic impact when Detroit’s big three automakers – Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler – all decided to shut down their factories over coronavirus fears. With that one blow alone, more than 150,000 workers will be put out of work. Trump also said he is sending a Navy hospital ship to New York City, which has the largest cluster of cases in the US.