The US has now overtaken China, who has 81,782 confirmed cases and Italy’s 80,589 confirmed cases according to the latest figures collated by Johns Hopkins University. More than 1,100 people with Covid-19 have now died in the US. However, President Donald Trump still wishes to relax social distancing guidelines for some parts of the states.
As the USA overtook China President Trump simply cast doubt on the numbers coming out of Beijing.
He told reporters: “You don’t know what the numbers are in China”.
Mr Trump said he would be speaking to President Xi Jinping by phone on Thursday night.
The US President continues to focus on the economy as he vowed to get the nation “back to work pretty quickly” in the latest press conference after 3.3 million layoffs across the states.
The US now has more confirmed cases of coronavirus than any other country
At least 82,404 in the US have tested positive for the coronavirus
Mr Trump said: “They have to go back to work, our country has to go back, our country is based on that and I think it’s going to happen pretty quickly.
“We may take sections of our country, we may take large sections of our country that aren’t so seriously affected and we may do it that way.”
He added: “A lot of people misinterpret when I say go back, they’re going to be practicing as much as you can social distancing, and washing your hands and not shaking hands and all of the things we talked about.”
In a letter to state governors on Thursday, Mr Trump said his team plans to release federal social distancing guidelines that may advise some regions to loosen restrictions.
Trump cast doubt on the numbers coming out of Beijing
Mr Trump wrote of a “long battle ahead” and said “robust” testing protocols might allow some counties to lift their safeguards against the coronavirus.
According to the president the new guidelines will create low, medium and high risk zones.
These zones will then allow the government to advise on “maintaining, increasing, or relaxing social distancing and other mitigation measures they have put in place”.
Trump has urged Americans to drastically scale back their public interactions during this time.
The US President continues to focus on the economy as he vowed to get the nation ‘back to work pretty quickly’
Trump’s team plans to release federal social distancing guidelines that may advise some regions to loosen restrictions
However, the guidelines were voluntary and did not amount to a national order.
Currently 21 of the 50 US states have told residents to stay in their homes in order to contain the pandemic.
Public officials and Trump allies previously warned that easing up on measures to curb the spread of the virus is unwise.
Scott Gottlieb, former Trump-appointed director of the Food and Drug Administration, warned: “It should not be lost on anyone that there’s no such thing as a functioning economy and society so long as COVID-19 continues to spread uncontrolled in our biggest cities.”
The importance of social distancing
Donnald Trump previously said his decision to loosen the coronavirus related restrictions on the US would be based on “facts and data”.
Speaking to reporters at the White House on Tuesday, President Trump said that for the most part he did not expect to have to use the Defence Production Act but would do so as needed.
Trump raised expectations that the nationwide shutdown that has closed businesses could be lifted by Easter, in just 19 days.
“It’s such an important day for other reasons, but I will make it an important day for this, too,” Trump said during a Fox News virtual town hall in the White House Rose Garden.
Trump said “robust” testing protocols might allow some counties to lift their safeguards
“I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter.”
Furthermore, at an early evening White House press briefing, Trump said his administration is devising a “sophisticated” plan for “reopening” the economy.
He said, “based on the best science, the best modeling, and the best medical research there is anywhere on Earth.”
According to reports the US President told the public to “rest assured that every decision we make is grounded solely in the health, safety, and well-being of our citizens.”