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Covid-19: Trump mulling re-opening large areas for business on Easter

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo REUTERS Brendan Mc Dermid New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Gustavo Carr | 25 March, 2020, 09:50

"We are now seeing a very large acceleration in the numbers of cases from the United States - so it does have that potential".

Former Vice President Joe Biden, the frontrunner to become the Democratic presidential nominee who will run against Trump in this year's election, said an Easter timeline was not realistic. With New York's case count doubling every three days at this point, Cuomo said the urgency for action is intensifying, not lessening.

"They are really trying to get there", Trump said.

U.S. President Donald Trump (L) listens as Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, addresses the coronavirus task force daily briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 24, 2020. "You're going to have suicides by the thousands", the president said on Fox. So I think Easter Sunday and you'll have packed churches all over our country-I think it will be a lovely time.

"I'd love to have it open by Easter", Trump said during a virtual town hall event on Fox News.

Health experts have advised the measures as the foundation for preventing the easily transmitted, potentially fatal illness from multiplying uncontrollably.

Dr Fauci's brief disappearance from public view came after he participated in a White House news conference on Friday, where TV cameras caught him putting his face in his hands after Mr Trump disparaged the State Department as the "deep State Department".

"If you ask the American people to choose between public health and the economy, then it's no contest".

1.3 bn Indians under 21-day lockdown
A daily average of 1,338 samples have been tested in India during the past five days, the Health and Family Welfare Ministry said. Health researchers have warned that more than a million people in India could be infected with the coronavirus by mid-May.

"We'll assess at that time and we'll give it some more time if we need a little more time, but we need to open this country up", he added. "We begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel", he said. "If we lose those companies we're talking about hundreds of thousands of jobs, millions of jobs". Florida has ordered those flying in from the NY to self-quarantine themselves for 14 days.

During a private conference call with roughly 30 conservative leaders on Tuesday, Pence reinforced Trump's eagerness to lift coronavirus-related work and travel restrictions "in a matter of weeks, not months". "I mean, in all sectors, because obviously as I've said so many times, when you think you're maybe overreacting, you probably are not acting as forcefully as you should". "I think that would be a great thing for our country".

"That may or may not apply to the United States".

"If we do the kind of testing that we're doing, and test will always be identified by identification, isolation, and contact tracing, you may find there are areas that are very different from other areas of the country, you may not want to essentially treat it as just one force for the entire country, but look at flexibility in different areas".

Richard Wolff, a professor of economics emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and founder of the organization Democracy at Work, whose latest book is "Understanding Socialism", joined Radio Sputnik's Loud and Clear on Tuesday to discuss the U.S. president's recent shift in messaging and related promises to get workers out of their homes and back into the workforce to rescue the economy.

Australians must stay at least 1.5 metres away from other people.

On the other hand, US lawmakers said they were close to a deal for an economic rescue package in response to the outbreak as the Dow Jones Industrial Average soared to its biggest one-day percentage gain since 1933. You are diagnosed with coronavirus.