CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta said Thursday that some members of the coronavirus task force had not seen President Donald Trump’s letter drafted for the state governor about potentially loosening the social distance rules proposed by his administration.
In the letter, a plan to rank countries according to their risk profile – high, medium or low – the spread of the corona virus was mentioned.
“President Trump has told the country’s governor in a letter that the government is working on new guidelines that will help state and local leaders make new steps to maintain social distance in the next few weeks,” Acosta reported. “We learned that not all members of the coronavirus task force saw Mr. Trump’s letter to the governor before it was released.”
Newsweek reaches out to Dr. Anthony Fauci from the White House coronavirus task force for comment.
CNN reporter Jim Acosta said on Thursday that not all members of the White House coronavirus task force were informed of President Donald Trump’s plan to relax social distance guidelines.
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“My administration is seeking to publish new guidelines for state and local policymakers to use in making decisions about maintaining, increasing or relaxing social distance and other mitigation measures they have taken,” Trump wrote.
“This is what we envisioned: Our rapidly expanded testing capabilities will enable us to publish criteria, which are developed in close coordination with public health officials and scientists, to help classify countries in relation to the risks continually posed by the virus,” said the letter. . “This will incorporate strong surveillance testing, which allows us to monitor the spread of the virus throughout the country. Under these data-driven criteria, we will suggest guidelines that categorize countries as high risk, medium risk, or low risk.”
Some Trump critics believe that the potential easing of the current coronavirus protocol, such as social distance, may be the key to his desire to reopen the U.S. business, many of which have been closed down by state-mandated home stay orders.
On Thursday, data released by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that a coronavirus pandemic had caused 3.3 million Americans to apply for unemployment insurance in a one-week span. While these figures represent the highest number of jobless claims since early October 1982, Trump said the economy would recover after the threat of the virus in the US ended.
“I know the numbers, but I think you will see a very fast turnaround after we have a victory over a hidden enemy, as I said, it is a hidden enemy,” Trump said. “We will see what happens, but at least that number is fully expected.”
Trump has designated the April Easter celebration as the date of a potential target for the country’s reopening. On Tuesday, Trump told Fox News that he would be “happy if the country was opened and only prepared to go on Easter.”
In Thursday’s interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News, Trump said he might reopen the country in some parts.
“It’s possible I will do it in quadrants, in pieces,” Trump said. “You will take the Agricultural Belt. You will take certain conditions which do not have a bad impact where they are almost non-existent or few.
“They all have a little,” Trump added, “but many of them have little and they can control it.”
The latest data shows 88,594 positive cases confirmed in the US with 1,300 deaths caused by the virus. 1,868 people have been categorized as recovering.