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Trump assures lockdown ends by Easter, health experts advise for a flexible deadline

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Trump assures lockdown ends by Easter, health experts advise for a flexible deadline

US President Donald Trump in a press briefing on Tuesday announced that ‘large sections of the country’ would reopen by Easter. His deadline, which was not backed by any scientific evidence of the end of the ongoing coronavirus crisis, received criticism from the health experts.

Mr. Trump said that he picked Easter as a day to withdraw lockdown because “I just thought it was a beautiful time, a beautiful timeline, it’s a great day”, adding: “It was based on a certain level of weeks from the time we started. And it happened – actually, we were thinking sooner. I’d love to see it come even sooner.”

On being asked if he felt his April 12 deadline was realistic, Mr. Trump said, “We’re going to look at it. We’ll only do it if it’s good and maybe we do sections of the country, we do large sections of the country.”

He added that the decision was taken after he observed that “large sections of our country that are doing very well” with only “small numbers” of coronavirus victims in certain areas, hinting at the farm belt and swaths of Texas. “We begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel,” he said.

US president’s deadline was not supported by the country’s health experts who advised him to approach the issue of curtailment of the deadly virus with caution. meanwhile, the spread of highly contagious coronavirus, which causes respiratory issues, has forced the other nations including the UK, India and many more to go into national lockdown for two to three weeks.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, an American immunologist, who is also serving as a member of the White House coronavirus task force, said, “You can look at a date but you’ve got to be very flexible on a literally day-by-day and week-by-week basis. You need to evaluate the feasibility of what you’re trying to do.”

Mr. Fauci added: “When you look at the country, obviously no one is going to want to tone down things when you see what’s going on in a place like New York City, that’s just good public health practice and common sense. But the country is a big country.”

He said. “You may not want to treat it as one force for the entire country but look at flexibility in different areas … It’s going to be looking at the data.”

Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House response coordinator, also disagreed with the US president’s Easter announcement and expressed serious concerns over the rapid rise in the number of corona positive case in New York and the surrounding area. She said that about 56% of all the cases in the US were coming out of the New York metro area.

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