“People say the (second wave) is very possible. (…) And we will put out this fire. We will not close the country,” Donald Trump told reporters when asked if he was worried about the return of the virus.
He expressed confidence in the country’s ability to control future outbreaks.
“Whether it’s just heat or fire, we will put it out, but we will not close our country,” the president said.
This week, all 50 states announced their readiness to ease the restrictive measures. Some companies have been allowed to resume operations so that people can return to work. Decisions were made despite the growing number of people infected in Arizona, North Carolina and Texas.
Earlier, Jerome Powell, chairman of the Federal Reserve, said that US GDP in the second quarter of this year could fall by 20-30% due to the effects of the pandemic, and unemployment could reach 20-25%. However, he expressed confidence that the economy would recover over time.
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 1.5 million cases of coronavirus have been reported in the United States, and nearly 94,000 have died among them.
Translation and editing: Teodor Penev
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