Mar 11, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Trump to give primetime address on coronavirus


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President Trump announced Wednesday that he'll be giving a prime-time address around 9 pm ET on the government's response to the coronavirus.

Why it matters: New cases of the coronavirus are continuing to surge in the U.S. and across the world, causing the stock market to crater and events to be canceled on a wide scale. Trump's address comes as the administration and Congress weigh economic stimulus options, while top health officials warn that drastic changes to daily life must be made in order to stop the spread of the virus.

Editor's note: This story was updated after Trump changed the time of the address from 8 pm to 9 pm ET.

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