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US will not shut down in case of second Covid-19 wave, says Trump

"A permanent lockdown is not a strategy for a healthy state or a healthy country. Our country wasn't meant to be shut down," the president says

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Agencies  |  Washington D.C. 

President Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House. Photo: PTI
President Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House. Photo: PTI

US President said on Thursday that the US would not close in the case of a second wave.

"People say that's a very distinct possibility. It's 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 told reporters when asked if he was concerned about a second wave of Covid-19 during a tour of a Ford manufacturing plant in the state of Michigan, news agency IANS reported.

"A permanent lockdown is not a strategy for a healthy state or a healthy country. Our country wasn't meant to be shut down," the president said.

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"A never-ending lockdown would invite a public health calamity. To protect the health of our people we must have a functioning economy."

All 50 states have announced plans to begin loosening restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus, opening their economies at varying speeds. Health experts have warned of the likelihood of a second wave of the virus coming fall or winter.

The has sickened over 1.5 million Americans and caused over 90,000 domestic deaths. The death toll is expected to reach 100,000 by the beginning of June, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

First Published: Fri, May 22 2020. 09:37 IST
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