Sen. Blumenthal Criticizes Feds Response To Coronavirus

Peter Haskell
February 14, 2020 - 4:34 pm
Senator Richard Blumenthal

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WCBS 880) — A group of Connecticut lawmakers on Friday criticized the federal government over the response to the coronavirus.

The future of the coronavirus is uncertain and its impact in the United States is unclear, and Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal says if the Trump administration is looking to slash health funding.

“The federal government should be all hands on deck, full-court press, before this becomes a catastrophic pandemic,” Blumenthal said.

He joined New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker and New Haven health officials on Friday to denounce the cuts – which Blumenthal believes are short-sighted.

“There’ll be higher costs to taxpayers down the road in supporting vital global health and security programs were actually preventing higher costs down the road,” he said.

According to the latest numbers from global health officials, over 1,300 people have already died from the coronavirus.

There are reportedly over 64,000 cases of the illness around the world with 15 in the U.S., but that number is expected to rise.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institutes of Health are both looking at reduced funding while faced with the uncertainty of the disease.