Coronavirus: Trump expresses doubts about restrictions
US President Donald Trump on Monday expressed doubts about the restrictions put in place against the coronavirus, deploring their impact on the economy and hinting that it could go towards a relaxation.
“We cannot let the remedy be worse than the problem itself,” he tweeted.
“At the end of the 15-day period, we will make a decision on the direction we want to take!”, He added, without further details.
The White House last week presented a series of recommendations gathered in a document entitled “15 days to slow the spread” of the virus.
The American health authorities have been hammering for several days that the worst is to come in the United States and that the time has not come to relax the effort.
“I want America to understand: this week is going to get really worse,” public health administrator Jerome Adams on Monday warned.
Deploring the fact that some Americans do not respect the rules of social distancing, he called for more rigor. “This is how the virus spreads. We really, really need everyone to stay at home, ”he insisted.
Donald Trump also retweeted several messages on Monday supporting the idea that he was in favor of a relaxation, rather than a tightening, of the measures in place.
“You have to flatten the curve (of contaminations), NOT the economy”, underlined one of these messages.
If several governors, particularly those of California and New York, opted for containment, the tenant of the White House has ruled out placing the whole of the United States under this regime.
“I don’t think we will find it necessary one day,” he said on Friday.