You can destroy a country this way by closing it down…I want to protect our workers – workers first.
“Look you’re going to lose a lot of people to the flu but you’re going to lose more people by putting a country into a massive recession or depression, you’re going to have suicides by the thousands,” he predicted.
Trump said he would re-evaluate at the end of the 15-day period but said he would grant more time if it was needed.
But he reiterated that he believed “the cure is worse than the problem.”
“In my opinion, more people are going to die if we allow this to continue,” he said.
As Trump became the first world leader to suggest relaxing the draconian measures aimed at curbing the spread of the virus so that critical cases don’t all occur at once and overwhelm health services, the World Health Organisation warned that the US could become the new epicentre of the outbreak.
40 per cent of the world’s new cases were recorded in the US but this measure can also reflect higher testing rates and doesn’t reflect the countries that are conducting fewer tests per capita or choosing not to report identified cases.
Health officials said they had tested “way over” 300,000 people over the last seven days. Test rates are below 10 per cent nationwide except in New York where the testing rate is higher and the infection rates is four-to-five times higher than the rest of the country.