WASHINGTON, April 17: US President Donald Trump has announced new guidelines aimed at reopening the national economy in three phases to overcome impacts of coronavirus, and said he would leave it to State governors to decide when and how to reopen their economies.
“Our approach outlines three phases in restoring our economic life. We are not opening all at once, but one careful step at a time,” Trump told a daily press conference of the coronavirus task force team Wednesday.
He said because States were all different, governors will make decisions based on individual needs.
“If they need to remain closed, we will allow them to do that. If they believe it is time to reopen, we will provide them the freedom and guidance to accomplish that task and very, very quickly depending on what they want to do,” he said.
“Based on the latest data, our team of experts now agrees that we can begin the next front in our war which we are calling opening up America again. And that’s what we are doing. We are opening up our country,” said Trump.
“We are also encouraging states to work together to harmonize their regional efforts. We’ll have numerous cases where states have worked, and will be working, very, very closely together,” he said.
A national shutdown is not a sustainable long-term solution, he said, and to preserve the health of “our citizens, we must also preserve the health and functioning of our economy.
“Our experts say the curve has flattened, and the peak in new cases is behind us. Nationwide more than 850 counties or nearly 30 percent of our country have reported no new cases in the last seven days,” said Trump.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said no matter what phase “you are in … even if you are in phase one, two or three, it is not game over. It’s going to be a way that we protect ourselves.”
He told the press conference “It may very well be that as we go the cycle around there will be this virus that wants to come back to us. I think we will be able to handle that.” (KUNA)