President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference on the COVID-19, coronavirus, outbreak flanked by US Vice President Mike Pence at the White Apartment in Washington, DC on March 25, 2020.
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President Donald Trump will hear recommendations from the White Apartment coronavirus task force this weekend on plans to “start the nation up” as the economy continues to strain below the pandemic.
The brand new guidance on how to kickstart the economy will reach days after the alternative of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. surpasses China or Italy, making it the nation with the largest outbreak in the area.
Vice President Mike Pence told journalists at the White Apartment on Thursday that the task force will share “a range of recommendations and additional guidance for going forward” with the next steps in its efforts to blunt the impact of the coronavirus.
“The president has made it clear, that in his phrases, he wants to start the nation up. However we’re going to finish that responsibly, and as the president told the governors today, we will finish that based on the data,” said Pence, who leads the U.S. response to the outbreak.
Earlier in the day, Trump sent a letter to U.S. governors outlining his imaginative and prescient for the “subsequent phase” in his administration’s plans to reopen the economy, which has ground to a halt as an increasing alternative of states impose harsh restrictions to strive to contain the spread of the disease.
Trump said he and his administration planned to beget criteria to “lend a hand classify counties” by low, medium and high “possibility” stages using “sturdy surveillance testing” that will allow local governments to track the spread of the virus.
Or no longer it’s unclear what sort of recommendations or guidance Pence was referring to. However doctors and public health experts have warned that prematurely loosening restrictions may perhaps lead to more infections.
The president this week voiced a growing impatience with states’ strict “social distancing” measures, such as banning large gatherings of of us and temporarily forcing businesses to terminate, to gradual the spread of COVID-19. Officials say those measures are working, nonetheless there’s no clear finish-date in look for after they can be lifted. In the meantime, they have led to a file unemployment spike and a stock market in disaster.
Trump has urged repeatedly this week that areas of the nation with comparatively low numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases may perhaps allow businesses to reopen in lawful a few weeks, if no longer sooner. On Tuesday, he said he wants the U.S. economy to “start” back up by Easter Sunday – although he later added that “I’m no longer distinct that’s going to be the day.”
“Of us want to dawdle back to work. I’m hearing it from all americans,” Trump said at the White Apartment presser Thursday evening.
But despite the fact that Trump have been to advocate new guidelines below which social distancing measures may perhaps be relaxed, they would seemingly have minute impact on the more than 20 states where governors have issued statewide stay-at-dwelling and business closure orders.