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US facing four historic crises at once, says Joe Biden

On Saturday, Biden had accused Donald Trump of "abdicating responsibility" and had pressed the outgoing President to immediately sign the COVID-19 relief bill that was pending.

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New Delhi Published on: December 28, 2020 8:35 IST
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US facing four historic crises at once, says Joe Biden

The United States is facing four historic crises at once, President-elect Joe Biden said on Sunday, adding his team is working hard to tackle the time-bound challenges. Taking to Twitter, Biden said, "From COVID-19 and the economy to climate change and racial justice -- our nation is facing four historic crises at once. And come January, there will be no time to waste. That's why my team and I are hard at work preparing to take action on day one."

Hours after Biden's tweet, President Trump officially signed the trillion-dollar coronavirus relief and government spending bill.

On Saturday, Biden had accused Donald Trump of "abdicating responsibility" and had pressed the outgoing President to immediately sign the COVID-19 relief bill that was pending.

"It is the day after Christmas, and millions of families don't know if they'll be able to make ends meet because of President Donald Trump's refusal to sign an economic relief bill approved by Congress with an overwhelming and bipartisan majority," Biden said in a statement.

Members of both parties had urged Trump to sign the USD 2.3 trillion packages, The Hill reported. Earlier, the bill was passed with bipartisan support in US Congress.

"The reason I'm concerned and my colleagues in public health are concerned also is that we very well might see a post-seasonal, in the sense of Christmas, New Year's, surge," top infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci said. 

"We are really at a very critical point.... So I share the concern of President-elect Biden that as we get into the next few weeks, it might actually get worse," Fauci added.

President-elect Biden last week had said that "darkest days" against coronavirus "are ahead of us, not behind us."

The COVID-19 case total in the United States surpassed the 19 million-mark on Sunday (local time), according to the US-based Johns Hopkins University, which tracks and compiles data from various sources including local authorities and media outlets.

As of 6:35 IST on Monday, Johns Hopkins University had registered 19,107,675 positive tests for the coronavirus disease in the United States. The country's death toll, at the same time, stood at 333,069. 

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