Donald Trump prepares task force to lift coronavirus lockdown, but health experts warn it is too early

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Donald Trump says he will soon announce a second working group on coronaviruses, creating a council to focus on reopening the country after the worst of the pandemic.

“We will announce it shortly. Probably Tuesday, “Trump told reporters during the daily coronavirus task force briefing.

The President announced that he would announce the launch of what he called the “Open Our Country” task force “as soon as possible.”

With US economy slowing and job losses soaring, Trump is eager to reopen the country, alarming health experts who warn that doing it too quickly could trigger a lethal resurgence that could undermine efforts of current distancing.

Experts insisted on Friday that the United States was not ready to lift social distancing measures.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s leading infectious disease expert and other health officials, have pointed to declining hospitalization rates for coronaviruses and the need for intensive care – especially in the most affected areas of New York – as signs that social distancing measures are paying off.

“Now is not the time to back off,” said Dr. Fauci to CNN. “The virus somehow decides whether to open it,” he said. “The only thing you don’t want to do is you don’t want to go out prematurely and end up going backwards. “

He warned that there will be an increase in cases when the lock is released.

“When we decide, at a convenient time, when we are going to relax some of the restrictions, there is no doubt that you will see cases,” he said. “The question is how you respond to it. “

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These measures continue to weigh heavily on the economy. Some economists predict job losses of up to 20 million in April – raising questions about the duration of business closings and travel restrictions.

Trump’s council to plan the lifting of imprisonment is expected to include Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow, including state governors, said a senior official for the administration.

Republican economist Art Laffer, who presented a plan to revive the economy to White House officials and was a mentor for Kudlow, is also said to be under consideration. Last year, Mr. Trump awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Mr. Laffer.

The president, who is seeking re-election in November, said Friday that the facts and the recommendations of health experts will determine the next steps to reopen the economy.

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