Donald Trump admits his call to reopen US could lead to more coronavirus deathsMay 6, 2020
Donald Trump admitted that his calls for states to reopen despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic could lead to more deaths.
In an interview with ABC World News Tonight’s David Muir, Trump said ‘it’s possible there will be some’ deaths as the country pulls back restrictions to slow the spread of the virus, which has killed over 70,000 Americans as of Tuesday.
‘Do you believe that’s the reality we’re facing that – that lives will be lost to reopen the country?’ Muir asked.
‘It’s possible there will be some because you won’t be locked into an apartment or a house or whatever it is,’ Trump said.
‘But at the same time, we’re going to practice social distancing, we’re going to be washing hands, we’re going to be doing a lot of the things that we’ve learned to do over the last period of time.’
Trump later added, ‘Will some people be affected? Yes. Will some people be affected badly? Yes.’
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‘But we have to get our country open and we have to get it open soon,’
Trumps admission comes after the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, which has been repeatedly cited by the Trump administration, projected that over 134,000 Americans will die from coronavirus. They previously projected that the US would suffer 72,433 deaths from the outbreak.
A new model with data compiled by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) also forecasts an increase in Covid-19 deaths in the near future, according to an internal document obtained by The New York Times. The new forecasts show up to 3,000 daily deaths from the virus by June 1. Over the last week, over 1,000 Americans died from the virus every day.
However, the president has seemed more concerned with the country’s economy and workforce, which has seen more than 30 million jobless claims filed over the course of the outbreak.
‘Take a look at what’s going on. People are losing their jobs. We have to bring it back, and that’ s what we’re doing,’ the president said.
‘There’ll be more death, that the virus will pass, with or without a vaccine. And I think we’re doing very well on the vaccines but, with or without a vaccine, it’s going to pass, and we’re going to be back to normal. But it’s been a rough process. There’s no question about it,’ Trump added.
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