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  World   Americas  18 Jun 2020  US will not lock down again amid rising coronavirus cases

US will not lock down again amid rising coronavirus cases

REUTERS
Published : Jun 18, 2020, 10:50 am IST
Updated : Jun 18, 2020, 10:50 am IST

“We won’t be closing the country again. We won’t have to do that,” said the president

People eat at a restaurant on June 17, 2020, in Washington, DC. (AFP)
 People eat at a restaurant on June 17, 2020, in Washington, DC. (AFP)

Washington: President Donald Trump said on Wednesday the United States would not close businesses again as several states reported rising numbers of new coronavirus infections.

“We won’t be closing the country again. We won’t have to do that,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News Channel.

 

Trump’s comments come after White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin both said the United States could not shut down the economy again.

In a call with governors, Vice President Mike Pence encouraged them to repeat the administration’s claim that increased testing accounts for the spike in numbers, the New York Times has reported.

The paper’s analysis found that positive cases outstripped the average number of administered tests in at least 14 states.

Restaurants, gyms, schools and other locations closed down in March as the country braced for the coronavirus, which has so far sickened 2.16 million Americans and killed nearly 118,000.

 

Millions of Americans found themselves unemployed as a result of the pandemic. Trump had previously touted the strength of the economy, making it central to his re-election bid in November.

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