The National Guard announced Friday that it is deploying 1,000 troops across six states by the end of the day as part of the national response to the coronavirus pandemic.A statement said that as of Friday morning, 400 Air and Army National Guard personnel were present in six states — Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, New York, Rhode Island and Washington — having been requested at the direction of their respective governors.TRUMP EXPECTED TO DECLARE NATIONAL EMERGENCY ON CORONAVIRUS, AT PRESS CONFERENCEThe National Guard Bureau serves as a national coordinating agency if a state needs assistance from the National Guard present in another state.“By the end of the day we expect that number to approach 1,000,” it said in a statement.So far 33 states have declared emergencies in response to the spread of the virus, and President Trump was expected to declare a national emergency on Friday afternoon. The announcement comes as major sporting and other events are called off or postponed, businesses across the country institute telework policies, government buildings and schools shutter, and other disruptions rock the nation amid efforts to curb the transmission of the virus. National Guard personnel stand beside a line of motorists waiting for COVID-19 coronavirus infection testing


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