Trump’s impatience with coronavirus measures continues to escalate

President Trump speaks as Dr. Anthony Fauci looks on during a press conference

Appearing before the President at the virtual town hall, Vice-President Mike Pence said Trump has asked for recommendations from the White House coronavirus task force for how he can send people back to work while minimising the public health risk. Because we have to do that.

"America will again and soon be open for business - very soon", Trump said during his Monday news conference. It's such an important day for other reasons, but I'd love to make it an important day for this.

But in the last couple of days Trump has tried to argue that the country can begin reopening businesses soon, despite the rapidly growing number of confirmed cases of coronavirus nationwide.

In recent days, the president has taken onboard the idea that too much isolation and too much mitigation could be too ruinous for the economy, saying the "cure" can't be worse than the disease.

"I give it two weeks", Trump said earlier in the town hall, suggesting he was ready to phase out his 15-day self-isolating guidelines when they expire.

As many public health officials call for stricter - not looser - restrictions on public interactions, Mr Trump said he was already looking toward easing the advisories that have sidelined workers, shuttered schools and led to a widespread economic slowdown.

"You can destroy a country this way by closing it down", Trump said in the Fox special on Tuesday.

So far, the administration has declined to specify what guidance, if any, the federal government might issue or roll back to bridge the 13-day gap between the end of the administration's "15 Days to Slow the Spread" initiative, which wraps up at the end of the weekend, and Easter, which falls on April 12. "It's loaded to save corporations", he said, specifically mentioning Boeing.

"Somehow, the word got out that this is the thing we are supposed to be doing", he said, noting the country had "never done a thing like this before".

"I wish that that would stop, because we have a much bigger problem here than trying to point out differences", Fauci said. "I think there are going to people like me who, for a long time, are going to be wary of being in crowds - of being on airplanes".

"I'm sure that we have doctors that would say, 'Let's keep it closed for two years, '" Mr Trump said. "We can socially distance ourselves and go to work", he said.

One Republican governor is calling out the White House for sending out mixed signals to the public about the coronavirus. Some models predict that healthcare systems will be completely overwhelmed by the peak of cases if major social distancing is not put in place, Inglesby said. The World Health Organization has also warned that the USA may soon become the new epicenter of global pandemic, with confirmed cases rising rapidly in the country every day.



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