President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he hopes to reopen the economy by Easter despite a surge in coronavirus cases, insisting that Americans would take precautions when they return to work.
“I’d love to have it open by Easter,” Trump said during a Fox News town hall.
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Fox News host Harris Faulkner appeared to be surprised by the revelation.
“Oh wow. Okay,” she said.
“I would love to have the country opened and just raring to go by Easter,” the president said.
Trump and his coronavirus team have put in place a 15-day set of recommendations for people across the country to cut down social and professional interactions in a bid to reduce the virus’s spread.
The pandemic has killed more than 580 people in the United States and sickened more than 46,160, shuttered thousands of businesses, thrown millions out of work and led state governors to order about 100 million people – nearly a third of the nation’s population – to stay at home.
The president’s economic and health advisers are mulling how to proceed after the 15-day period of tough measures to slow the pandemic.
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, speaking to reporters at the White House, said the Trump administration was looking at low-infection areas where the economy might be reopened after a 15-day shutdown period ends next week.
(Reuters contributed to this report.)