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Trump Signals Scaling Back Social Distancing


Tuesday, 24 March 2020 18:32 WIB

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"We're not going to let the cure be worse than the problem," U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday, signaling his desire to soon end the social distancing in place intended to stem the upward trajectory of the coronavirus outbreak.??

"Our country wasn't meant to be shut down," he added.

Trump, at the daily media briefing by the White House coronavirus task force, said a large team is working on what the next steps will be in order to end the virtual shutdown of the world's largest economy.

At a certain point, the country needs "to get open, get moving," Trump stated, making it clear he is weighing the risk from the COVID-19 pandemic against the economic damage being done to the country from the shutdown of most businesses.

Deaths as a result of an extended economic crisis could exceed those caused by the virus in the United States, according to the president who stated that the mortality rate for the coronavirus is less than 1% — much lower than had been anticipated.

"America will again and soon be open for business," said Trump, explaining it will not be the three-to-four-month timeframe predicted by some who warn the dire threat from the virus will not recede quickly.

Source : VOA


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