Trump declares the Nationwide Day of Prayer for "Safety and Power" within the midst of the coronavirus disaster
Donald Trump has announced that Sunday March 15th will be a national day of prayer in the United States amid the coronavirus health crisis.
The US President announced the announcement on Saturday through his Twitter account, stressing that throughout the history of the United States has been a country that "has asked God for protection and strength in times like this."
Trump's tweet said, "It is a great honor for me to declare Sunday March 15th the National Day of Prayer. We are a country that has asked God for protection and strength in times like these in our history …"
In a follow-up tweet, the President wrote: "… No matter where you are, I encourage you to turn to prayer in an act of faith. Together we will easily BE PRESENT!"
Combined, the tweets were liked more than 450,000 times, with around 120,000 re-tweets from 3:45 p.m. ET Saturday afternoon.
One of those who responded to Trump's tweets and tweeted again was Franklin Graham, the son of world-famous evangelist Billy Graham.
Graham wrote: "President @realDonaldTrump called for a National Day of Prayer this Sunday, March 15th. I hope that every church of every denomination and every person, regardless of political affiliation, will pray if we share this crisis as Nation. ""
By Saturday, March 14, registered cases of coronavirus worldwide had increased to 155,858 and the number of deaths caused by the outbreak was 5,814.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that the outbreak epicenter has now apparently been relocated to Europe and numerous western European countries have had severe cases and deaths.
Donald Trump announced a travel ban to much of mainland Europe to the U.S. earlier this week. The UK will be added to the ban as of Monday after the number of registered cases increased sharply on Saturday.