President Donald Trump revealed on Thursday that his government is working on a new set of guidelines to help reopen the country, putting every province at high, medium or low risk of coronavirus.
“My administration is working to publish new guidelines for state and local policymakers to use in making decisions about maintaining, increasing or relaxing social distance and other mitigation measures they have taken,” he wrote in a letter to the governors of the nation. released by the White House.
Trump argued that “ expanding testing capabilities ” would make it easier to classify hotspot areas for the virus and then use the data to classify counties based on their level of risk.
“This includes robust surveillance tests that allow us to monitor the spread of the virus across the country. Using these data-driven criteria, we’ll propose guidelines that categorize counties as “high risk, medium risk, or low risk,” he wrote.
President Donald Trump has revealed that his government is working on a new set of guidelines to help reopen the country
“Since testing gives us more information about who is infected, we track the virus and isolate it to prevent further spread. This new information will drive the next stage in our war against this invisible enemy, “Trump added.
The President held a video conference with the governors about the country’s response to the virus at noon in the White House Situation Room on Thursday, as the number of cases in the United States exceeded 73,000 and the number of deaths exceeded 1,000.
Trump has advocated a return to normal as his original 15-day recommendations – which did not recommend social gatherings of more than 10 people and eat out – expire early next week.
The President suggested Easter as a good time to reopen the country’s tank economy, although many medical experts have warned that the April 12 date may be too soon.
Trump kind of followed the idea on Wednesday and suggested that parts of the country could be reopened and hotspot areas would remain closed, which his province would allow him per county description.
“I’m not going to rush or rush,” he said of the corona virus during his daily White House briefing.
He warned that some parts of the country affected by high infection rates would likely remain under stricter guidelines.
“There are large parts of our country that are very bad, you know little influenced by what is happening, and there are other parts that are very badly affected. I would say that we will have a recommendation at Easter, ”he said.
He also said that he Dr. Tony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Dr. Deborah Birx, who coordinates the daily response to the coronavirus, would consult on a final decision.
President Trump has made it clear that he is concerned about the economic consequences of all companies closing due to the pandemic. Numerous states have closed restaurants, gyms, bars, and clubs. The catering industry has been hit hard by the pandemic. States like California and New York have advised people to stay at home as much as possible.
A decision on this is expected early next week, which would end the recommendations of the ’15 days to slow down dissemination ‘released last week.
A sign indicates that the Federal Triangle Metrorail station in Washington, DC is closed
But the president would need the governors of the nation on his side. Several governors have issued stricter guidelines in their states to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
For example, Virginia has closed bars, restaurants other than takeaway, salons, gyms, theaters, and other facilities in an effort to end social gatherings of more than 10 people. Those restrictions are effective until April 23. The state schools are closed for the rest of the academic year.
Trump told the governors that people want their lives back.
“Americans across the country hope to see a day soon when they can resume normal economic, social and religious life,” he wrote.
The president’s letter follows a grim warning from Fauci on Wednesday that the corona virus will come back in cycles.
During a daily briefing at the White House, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said Americans should be prepared for the outbreak to become “seasonal.”
“Could this possibly be a seasonal, cyclical thing? I think it is very good, ”he said.
The coronavirus expert explained that evidence of cases in “the Southern Hemisphere and Southern Africa and in the Southern Hemisphere countries” during their winter season may lead to second cycles in America.
He said, “And if in fact they have a major outbreak, it is inevitable that we should be prepared to get a cycle the second time.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, gave a grim warning that the coronavirus could return in cycles as the death toll in the U.S. reached 1035
Fauci said the possibility of a second cycle “fully emphasizes the need to do what we do when developing a vaccine, test it quickly, and try to prepare it so that we have a vaccine available for that next cycle.”
He was optimistic and said he knows “we will put this down successfully now,” adding, “But we really need to be prepared for a new cycle. And what we do, I think, will prepare us well. ‘
Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, supported Fauci on Wednesday, adding, “We are now dealing with cycle A.”