A group of 16 state attorneys general are calling on President Donald Trump to “fully utilize” the  Defense Production Act to fight the coronavirus pandemic, warning there’s a pressing need to dramatically expand health care capacity and testing for the virus.

Leading the effort is Wisconsin Attorney General Joshua Kaul. Also signing the letter is New York Attorney General Letitia James and more than a dozen other attorneys general issued a message of urgency in a letter Tuesday. The New York City area is now the global epicenter of the pandemic. The letter also included signatures from attorneys general in California and Washington State, which have recorded high numbers of coronavirus cases.

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