- President Donald Trump has touted an Easter period to lift corona virus restrictions across the country.
- During a press conference at the White House on Tuesday evening, Trump said he hoped to see people back at work by the holiday, which is Sunday, April 12.
- "I just thought it was a nice time … a nice timeline. It's a beautiful day," Trump said, why he suggested lifting the restrictions by Easter.
- However, experts, including members of Trump's own coronavirus task force, have suggested that a comprehensive ban could take several weeks.
- Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke at the briefing shortly after Trump, stressing that the schedule was "really very flexible".
- You can find more stories on the Business Insider homepage.
President Donald Trump is pushing to lift corona virus restrictions across the country by Easter, arguing that the holiday is "a beautiful day."
Trump announced the preliminary deadline on Tuesday during an event at Fox News City Hall. Easter falls on Sunday, April 12th of this year.
"I would like to open it until Easter," he said. "I would like to have it. It is such an important day for other reasons, but I will make it an important day for it as well. I would love it if the country were opened and it rarely went to Easter."
In another late Tuesday afternoon interview with Fox News, Trump said he made up "Easter is a very special day for me."
"Wouldn't it be great if all churches were full?" Trump added. "They will have churches all over our country. I think it will be a good time."
During a press conference in the White House on Tuesday evening, Trump doubled his Easter time and said he hoped people would return to their routines within 19 days.
"We're looking at a timeline, we're discussing it," Trump said. "We had a very good meeting today."
Trump suggested that the deadline was not specific and said, "We will look at it, we will only do it if it is good, and maybe we will make parts of the country, large parts of the country."
He added that with Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, both members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, was "in contact" about the schedule.
"Who suggested Easter?" Kaitlan Collins, CNN's correspondent in the White House, asked Trump in response.
"I just thought it was a nice time … a nice timeline. It's a wonderful day," he replied.
"So that wasn't based on data?" Collins replied.
"It was based on a certain number of weeks from the start," Trump said. "And we thought earlier. I would like to see it earlier. But I just think it will be a nice timeline."
Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke shortly after Trump, stressing that the schedule was "really very flexible".
"You can look at a date, but you have to be very flexible and literally day after day and week after week. You have to assess the feasibility of what you are trying to do," he said.
Fauci said that individual states may need to be assessed badly hit cities like New York City A longer blackout period may be required.
"Obviously, nobody will want to weaken things when you see what's going on in a place like New York City. It's just good public health practice and common sense," he said.
"I think people could get the misinterpretation (that we) to just raise everything. … It won't happen. It's going to be the data," he added.
Trump has a 15-day plan to slow the spread of the coronavirusthat has already infected over 53,000 people and killed over 680 people on Tuesday evening. The 15-day plan encourages Americans to listen to state and local authorities, if possible to work from home, avoid travel, and practice good hygiene.
However, public health experts have warned that these measures must take at least a few more weeks to slow the infection rate in the United States.
Elaine Morrato, FDA visiting scientist and dean of public health at Loyola University Chicago, told Business Insider's Aria Bendix that "longer periods of time" are required to contain the outbreak.
"Fifteen days of aggressive social distancing is necessary, but it won't be enough," she said. "Evidence from other nations is clear: it takes longer periods to reverse the tide."