By Michael Hernandez


Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser declared a state of emergency and public health emergency Wednesday after cases of the novel coronavirus more than doubled in the city.

The declarations open the door for Bowser to request federal disaster assistance, mandate quarantining for any person for which there is a “probable cause” to believe they are infected with COVID-19 and the ability to make price gouging illegal, she said.

The moves come after the number of presumptive cases in the U.S. capital rose from four to 10.

“Those additional cases indicate to us, because of the nature

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