President Trump on Tuesday said he wants the U.S. “” by Easter Sunday, which falls on April 12, despite an acceleration of coronavirus cases across the country. Mr. Trump’s comments came during a town hall on Fox News, where he signaled impatience over the widespread closing of businesses and economic slowdown.
When asked about the timeline at an afternoon briefing, Mr. Trump said “I just thought it was a beautiful time,” adding, “It was based on a certain level of weeks from the time we started. I’d love to see it come even sooner but I just think it would be a beautiful timeline.”
“We’ll only do it if it’s good,” Mr. Trump added. “And maybe we do sections of the country, we do large sections of the country. That could be too.” He said the administration is “very in touch” with Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx, and would follow “Whatever they would do.”
But Dr. Tom Inglesby, the director of Johns Hopkins’ Center for Health Security, raised concerns in anwith “CBS Evening News” anchor Norah O’Donnell.
“I think it’s going to take at least until Easter to even begin to see the impact of the social distancing measures that have been put in place in the last week,” Inglesby said.
As of Tuesday evening, more than 54,800 cases have been reported in the U.S. and more than 780 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.
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