President Donald Trump has signed an executive order aimed at barring small girls from participating in some forms of such testing under the federal Medicaid program known as Personal Responsibility and Health Insurance Program (PROHIP). The order which sought to halt the practice as part of a crackdown on the coronavirus was signed by Trump on Thursday during a ceremony to mark the first-ever white House video chat with a group of plainclothes police officers.

The order would expand temporarily the list of federally-funded clinics that will be required to cover prenatal testing for HCV a sexually transmitted infection caused by the novel coronavirus.

It was unclear if the president would continue his existing order barring girl volunteers from participating in such testing at the event which was organized by Miami-based agency PROHIP. Four other such events have been canceled or postponed amid the virus pandemic that has infected 32. 5 million and killed more than 1. 5 million people globally.

Trump who fights state-run healthcare coverage said recently that the federal government will start providing greater financial assistance to states through the payroll tax cut amid a climate of intense concern amongst state officials connected to both the healthcare system and their families.

The chief of staff to Democratic former President Barack Obama Denis McDonough attended the conference under which Trump enjoyed Wednesdays largely ceremonial title while White House spokesman Judd Deere accompanied the president on stage.

In the event Trump raised frustration with Democrats in Congress who are threatening to shut down the government unless the party compromises on many public-health demands such as expanding social-distancing and building a wall along the U. S.-Mexico border.

Trump has pledged to do both in order to defeat the coronavirus which has spread widely in a wide swath of the United States.

The number of coronavirus cases in the United States rose on Monday to over 1. 29 million led by 33 states. Recent reports have put the number of confirmed cases in the country at over 1. 1 million according to a Reuters analysis.