Trump warns coronavirus shutdown could 'destroy a country'

US President Donald Trump addreses a daily briefing on the novel coronavirus at the White House

Quick passage of the bill in Congress is expected. Cases in the United States have surpassed 60,000 with almost 900 deaths.

Trump said the administration would assess after next week whether or not current social distancing measures aimed at stemming the spread of the coronavirus will remain in place. "You're going to have suicides by the thousands".

The president described his vision for a coming period of weeks in which America might both try to get back to work but also continue to fight the virus: "We're going to come up with a date", he said.

Infections in other nations, including the USA, are still climbing. He got his medical degree from Cornell University. States like California and NY have advised people to stay home as much as possible. "It's not going to be a long time, temporarily".

"If I would have not done it, we would've been unbelievably criticized for not doing it", he said.

When asked earlier this week if he was taking advice on board, Mr. Trump said, "In the end, I have to make a decision but I certainly listen to it in a number of people".

General Mark Milley said all indications are that the U.S. is looking at "eight to 10, maybe 12 weeks, something like three months". Those are calls made by governors of the states and, in some cases, local officials.

On Monday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order that all residents coming into Florida from New York, New Jersey and CT airports quarantine themselves for 14 days.

"The idea of just pitting one against the other is just not helpful", Fauci said to WMAL radio.

On Monday, however, Trump changed his tune.

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"If you are sitting on a warehouse with surgical masks, you will be hearing a knock on your door", Attorney General William Barr told reporters during the media briefing.

Democrats pointed to gains for hospitals, additional oversight of the huge industry stabilization fund and money for cash-strapped states.

He is, reported the Washington Post, "growing exhausted of talking only about the coronavirus".

The president was quoted saying at a Fox News town hall broadcast that "I would love to have the country opened up and raring to go by Easter". In Washington state, Trump said seven medical stations will be set up, CBS News reported.

Scientists and public health experts agree that millions of Americans should stay home as businesses and schools close in an effort to contain the spread of the highly-infectious virus, which is estimated to be 10 times more deadly than the seasonal flu. A key provision in the emerging package would provide stepped-up unemployment insurance for workers furloughed because of the pandemic. The virus has been especially deadly for the European country's large older population.

But the governors' reaction also revealed the striking disconnect and growing tensions between Trump and the state leaders closer to the front lines of a crisis that threatens to overwhelm US hospitals and claim thousands of lives.

"You may not want to essentially treat it as it (is) just one force for the entire country, but look at flexibility in different areas", he added. "We lose much more than that to automobile accidents, we don't call up automobile companies and say stop making cars".

"This package will be the single largest main street assistance program in the history of the United States", Kudlow said at the White House coronavirus task force briefing on Tuesday evening.

The president sought to clarify later on Tuesday at a White House briefing that he'd let data and the recommendations of public health officials guide the federal recommendations about social distancing and other mitigation measures.

CORONAVIRUS PANDEMICThe Daily Dot is committed to filtering the noise every day as COVID-19 seizes the internet's attention worldwide. About 60% of the nation's new coronavirus cases are coming out of the NY area. NY has 25,665 cases, Washington state has 2,469 cases and California has 2,102.

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