Trump tries to blunt criticism of Covid-19 response as US cases pass 33,000

President said national guard will provide aid, and that he had approved disaster declarations for New York and Washington

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Donald Trump attempted to blunt growing criticism of the stalled federal response to the coronavirus crisis on Sunday night, promising that more help was on the way for states suffering a critical shortage of medical equipment, hospital beds and testing facilities.

As the death toll from Covid-19 in the US rose to 417, with more than 33,000 cases reported nationwide, increasing numbers of state and city leaders fired off warnings to the White House that a tipping point was near.

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