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Kemp announces federal approval of major disaster declaration for Georgia

The approval by President Trump authorizes federal aid to be provided directly to the state to assist in the fight against COVID-19.

ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp said on Sunday that President Trump has declared a major disaster for all 159 counties in the state of Georgia as a result of the impacts from the coronavirus pandemic.

"Georgia is grateful for this designation, as it will enable the state to continue partnering with federal agencies in a coordinated fight against this pandemic,” Kemp said in a statement on Sunday. “The presidential declaration is a critical step in providing additional assistance to our state and local governments as they continue to respond to COVID-19.”

The declaration for federal emergency aid currently covers act taken to eliminate or lessen immediate threats to life, public health or safety.

This also allows federal agencies -- including FEMA -- to provide direct assistance to the state of Georgia.

RELATED: Coronavirus in Georgia: 2,651 confirmed cases, 80 deaths as of Sunday afternoon

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