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Trump pushes for reopening economy

WASHINGTON, May 5: President Donald Trump on Tuesday ruled out the possibility that the US death toll from the novel coronavirus would double to 134,000.

A shopper wears a mask while walk through The Woodlands Mall Tuesday, May 5, 2020, in The Woodlands, Texas. The mall reopened Tuesday with increased health and safety measures in place. Texas’ stay-at-home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic have expired and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has eased restrictions on many businesses that have now opened. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)


Referring to forecasts of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Trump said the IHME model is now showing 134,000 deaths by August, doubling its previous prediction.


“No, I’m not (concerned), because that; that assumes no mitigation,” he said at a White House presser.
“That’s with no mitigation. We’re doing mitigation. We have a lot of mitigation. We have to get our country open. We have to open our country,” he pointed out.

Some shoppers wear masks as they walk through The Woodlands Mall Tuesday, May 5, 2020, in The Woodlands, Texas. The mall reopened Tuesday with increased health and safety measures in place.Texas’ stay-at-home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic have expired and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has eased restrictions on many businesses that have now opened. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)


“Right now, the stock market is way up. Everybody is excited. They’re going back to work safely, but they’re going back to work.
“We’re opening up our country again. And this is what we’re doing. The whole world is excited watching us because we’re leading the world,” he added.(KUNA)

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