More than 1.5 million people in the United States are currently being tested positive for the deadly COVID-19, killing nearly 97,000, and experts warned of a possible second wave of the pandemic.
US President Donald Trump was adamant that the United States would not impose strict restrictions in the event of a second wave of COVID-19, expressing confidence that the country will be able to manage the new outbreaks if and when they occur, BGNES reports.
“People say it’s a very different opportunity. It’s a standard. And we’re going to put out the fires. We’re not going to close the country. We’re going to put out the fires,” Trump said during a tour of Ford’s Michigan plant, which currently produces medical respirators.
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Trump’s economic adviser, Peter Navarro, commenting on the easing of quarantine, said that blocking the economy will “indirectly” kill more people than COVID-19.
US Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin also threatened the risk of “permanent damage” to the US economy if the measures are not lifted soon.