US President Donald Trump has announced he wants the US lockdown relaxed by my mid-April, saying that current measures will lead to an economic slowdown and ultimately “destroy” the US and trigger more fatalities than the virus itself.
“I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter,” Trump said on Fox News Channel. “This cure is worse than the problem. Again, people, many people — in my opinion more people — are going to die if we allow this to continue. We have to go back to work …”
DW reports, that the public health experts including the WHO warned against loosening restrictions and called for stronger measures against public interactions. Lifting the measures too soon could result in a rise of coronavirus infections and hospitals being overwhelmed, they warned. The US has a shortage of ventilators and protective gear for health care workers, and has also called on South Korea to assist in providing medical gear and equipment.
Trump said that the White House would assess whether more time is needed for the containment measures to stay in place but stressed he wanted Americans back into work to prevent economic turmoil. He said that tens of thousands of Americans die from the seasonal flu or in automobile accidents but that “we don’t turn the country off.” The US is now more than a week into a 15-day measure where all Americans are urged to practice social distancing and close non-essential businesses.