U.S. President Donald Trump reiterated Tuesday during a coronavirus task force briefing that he would like to re-open the country for business by Easter.
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Trump is poised to send the United States back to work within weeks, despite warnings from medical experts that might be premature to prevent an even wider spread of the COVID-19 virus.
"I would like to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter," which is April 12, Trump said during an interview on Fox News earlier in the day Tuesday.
"We have to go back to work sooner, much sooner, than people thought," the president said, warning of the severe damage to the economy that could shave 20 to 25 points off gross domestic product.
The president has made clear in remarks to reporters and on social media in recent days that he believes rigid enforcement of social distancing for months, which would prevent most U.S. businesses from operating normally, would be worse than the casualties caused by a protracted halt to the economy. (VOA/AP)