- As countries around the world band together to prevent the virus from spreading, President Donald Trump is pushing for Americans to work again.
- "We need to get the country to work," he said in Fox News on Tuesday, warning that there will be "thousands of suicides" if the economy suffers.
- During a press conference on Monday evening, Trump said deaths from a poor economy "would definitely outnumber the numbers we are talking about regarding the virus".
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President Donald Trump said Tuesday that there will be "thousands of suicides" if entire sectors of the US economy remain closed to curb the spread of the virus that threatens to overwhelm hospitals.
"We have to get the country to work," he said in Fox News. "You will lose a number of people to the flu, but you will lose more people if you put the country into a massive recession or depression." ""
"You will lose people. You will have thousands of suicides," he continued. "You can't just come in and say," Let's shut down the United States. "
The US is roughly in the middle of the White House's plan "15 days to slow the spread," and the president appears to be getting impatient.
Trump said on Fox that he "would love to open the country until Easter and rarely leave," less than three weeks away.
The corona virus has spread to nearly 400,000 people worldwide and has claimed more than 17,000 lives. In the United States, nearly 50,000 people were infected and nearly 600 people died. In hard-hit New York, the number of cases has exceeded 25,000.
Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York, painted a horribly bleak picture of the situation in his state during a press conference on Tuesday morning. "We don't slow it down and it speeds up on its own," he said, adding that the number of cases doubles every three days.
He predicted that similar situations are likely in California, Washington, and Illinois.
Some experts have estimated that up to 1 million Americans could die from the effects of the coronavirus.
Trump is determined to restart the US economy. "Our country was not built to be closed. This is not a country built for it. It was not built to be closed," he said said Monday evening.
"People get tremendous anxiety and depression, and they commit suicide because of such things when they have terrible economies," he said, adding that the deaths caused by the economy "would definitely occur in far greater numbers than the numbers above." that we're talking about regarding the virus. "
"America will be open for business again soon," he said.
The President's comments on the reopening of the United States followed a move by the United Kingdom a few hours earlier to block the entire country. A step that other European countries had to take to prevent the virus from spreading.