Trump Defends Relaxed Measures, Warns Total Coronavirus Shutdown Could 'Destroy a Country'

President Trump speaks as Dr. Anthony Fauci looks on during a press conference

President Trump speaks as Dr. Anthony Fauci looks on during a press conference

"I would love to have that".

Donald Trump wants the country "raring to go" by Easter.

As many public health officials call for stricter - not looser - restrictions on public interactions, Mr Trump said he was already looking toward easing the advisories that have sidelined workers, shuttered schools and led to a widespread economic slowdown.

The changing message could set Trump on a collision course with health experts inside his administration, who have warned that returning to business as usual could create worse conditions by accelerating the spread of the virus and are still searching for answers about the severity of the virus and whether those who recover from it become immune.

Pence said there would be no formal decisions made until the current 15-day period of social distancing was complete when pressed on a specific timeline for lifting restrictions, according to a conference call participant.

The guidelines, issued by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, are voluntary, but many state and local leaders have issued mandatory restrictions in line with, or even tighter than, those issued by the CDC.

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Health experts, including those within Trump's administration, have repeatedly warned that stringent social distancing policies are necessary to contain the spread of the coronavirus. "It's loaded to save corporations", he said, specifically mentioning Boeing. "We don't turn the country off", he said, adding: "We lose much more than that to automobile accidents".

"We have to go back to work much sooner than people thought", he said.

"Our people want to return to work", he said on Twitter on Tuesday.

The US is now more than a week into an unprecedented 15-day effort to encourage all Americans to drastically scale back their public activities.

He also said the mental health implications of prolonged social distancing would prove dire, and warned that the US would suffer "suicides by the thousands".

In an interview recently published by Science Magazine, Dr. Fauci responds to questions about "surviving" Trump's contradictions at White House press conferences in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Birx instead emphasized the importance of employing "21st century solutions" and collecting data at the "most granular level" to better understand the rampant spread of Covid-19. "We can do two things together", he tweeted. "We have to have them following those guidelines". The World Health Organization has also warned that the US may soon become the new epicenter of global pandemic, with confirmed cases rising rapidly in the country every day.

The novel coronavirus has been spreading quickly in the US.

Easter is just over two weeks away - April 12.

Despite Fauci's remarks, CNN shared an article on Tuesday titled, "Has Donald Trump had enough of Anthony Fauci?". It is also possible that as the outbreak worsens, the president's own relatively rosy assessment of the likely cost to American lives will grow more grim.

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