Ending a week in which the U.S., passing 100,000 known SARS-CoV-2 infections, eclipsed even China's total, President Donald Trump signed a $2 trillion pandemic relief bill Friday while invoking wartime powers to commandeer industrial production. Days after praising corporations' voluntary efforts, Trump blasted General Motors for trying to "rip off" Washington, charging too much for manufacturing too few life-saving ventilators. He also questioned pandemic epicenter New York State's call for 30,000 of them, suggesting major hospitals normally have just two.
How many are needed? Some 200 U.S. cities indicated they needed an additional 139,000 ventilators, 28.5 million face masks and 7.9 million test kits.
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