Trump says he wants the country to be “opened” at Easter, despite caution from health experts
Public health experts have said that premature easing of restrictions could put enormous pressure on hospitals and lead to even more deaths and economic damage.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he wants to see the country back in operation before April 12, Easter Sunday, when he wants to see churches full of people, even if the coronavirus pandemic worsens.
“I’d love it if the country was open for Easter,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News.
Trump said he would like to see “churches full of people for Easter”, but the timeline was not based on data suggesting that the public health risk could have disappeared by then. Instead, during a White House briefing, the President said he “just thought it was a good time.” Trump said he would listen to the advice of his best health officials.
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Trump continues to “evaluate the data, collaborate with the task force and make decisions based on the interests of our fantastic country,” he said.
Tony Fauci, the top infectious disease researcher at the National Institutes of Health, who has sometimes countered Trump’s reports, indicated that he discussed a possible timeline with the president before the briefing.
“You can look at the date, but you literally have to be very flexible day in, day out, week in week,” said Fauci. “You have to evaluate the feasibility of what you’re trying to do,”
Public health experts and local and state leaders have warned against premature easing of restrictions as they say it could put a huge burden on hospitals and lead to even more deaths and economic damage. But Trump said on Tuesday that he believed the human toll would be higher if the Americans stayed home.
“This remedy is worse than the problem,” Trump said earlier today in an interview with Fox News, adding that “in my opinion, more people will die if we allow it.”
At the same time, the White House has issued strict new guidelines for people who have traveled to New York City, recommending that they quarantine for 14 days if they have recently left the region.
A White House official said the president does not consider Easter a date when he can start opening things, but a date when the economy is moving fast again. That means that the easing of restrictions in this scenario would start much earlier. The official says the focus now remains on how to get into phases to address the challenges demographically and geographically.
Trump said people can continue to practice good hygiene and social distance even when they go back to work trying to control the spread of the virus.
Trump on Tuesday expressed his frustration with the economic consequences of millions of Americans staying at home, comparing the corona virus to the flu, despite public experts warning against the comparison.
“We are losing thousands and thousands of people a year to the flu, we are not expelling the country every year,” he said.
Officials eager to get the country back to work have become increasingly concerned in recent days with the economic consequences of severe restrictions on movement and social interactions. These officials said they were concerned that the White House has gone too far in allowing public health experts to make policies and that their actions need not be so draconian.
The Americans’ commitment to stay at home, backed by public health experts, is to curb the spread of the virus and “flatten” the curve of new cases. Officials in Italy have slowly isolated the affected regions and restricted traffic, leading to one of the worst outbreaks to date in the world.
While Trump may want American life to return to normal, many governors and mayors are the ones ordering orders to tell residents to stay home and close schools, restaurants, and bars. On Monday, the Governor of Michigan issued a three-week order stating that they should not meet publicly or privately with people who were not part of their household, with few exceptions, and Virginia closed the schools for the rest of it. years.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday strongly pushed back on calls to relax health guidelines in hopes of boosting the economy, saying that “we will not give a dollar figure to human life.
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REF : NBCNEWS