President Donald Trump's economic advisers defended on Sunday the possibility of restarting the United States safely despite the continuation of the epidemic and contaminations within the White House, yet subject to draconian controls.
In recent days, two employees in the West Wing, where the Oval Office is located – a soldier in the service of the Republican billionaire and the spokesperson for Vice-President Mike Pence – have been declared positive at new coronavirus.
In the process, three prominent members of the crisis cell responsible for coordinating the fight against COVID – 19 have entered quarantine due to their possible exposure to the virus.
Among them, the epidemiologist Anthony Fauci, who advises Donald Trump daily, as well as the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Redfield, and Stephen Hahn, head of the drug agency ( FDA).
Persons called to approach 45 e President of the United States is however subjected daily to screening tests. And the rules are very strict, even if Donald Trump is regularly criticized for his refusal to wear a mask.
If, under these conditions, the presidency is not spared, how can an average American go back to work without fear of being contaminated? The issue dominated Sunday’s political broadcasts on American channels.
“The White House is a huge place, at least 500 people, probably much more” , said Larry Kudlow, president's economic advisor, on ABC. “Those who were found positive are only a small fraction”, “relatively very few”, he insisted.
He therefore defended the presidential desire to “reopen the economy” to “tackle the unemployment figures, which are heartbreaking”, “horrible”.
“Why not trust companies? Continued Larry Kudlow. “They know, on the one hand, that people must be protected […] and, on the other hand, that we have to restart as much as possible to face the economic problem, the pandemic recession”, he said. he pleaded.
“An absolute chaotic disaster”
The United States is by far the most bereaved country in the world by the virus, with more than 79 522 death, i.e. 776 more and more 24 hours Sunday. And if the situation improves slowly in New York, the main American home, the epidemic is struggling to slow down nationally, with still 1500 to 2000 dead per day.
But after issuing cautious guidelines for breaking out of containment – which ultimately depends on each state – the Trump government is pushing a little more every day in favor of a rapid resumption of activity.
“We almost have 80 000 dead, and we also have over 30 million people who applied for unemployment benefit, “noted on CBS channel Kevin Hassett, another Donald Trump economic adviser.
“We have to restart our economy, it will be a difficult time for everyone,” he said.
Six months before the presidential election, to which he will run for a new term, Donald Trump is impatient to turn the page on disastrous economic figures: unemployment rate dropped from 3.5% before the health crisis to 14, 7%, unprecedented drop in gross domestic product expected in the second quarter.
“These figures are not huge because the economy was not doing well” before the crisis, “they are huge because we stopped the economy,” Treasury Secretary Steven Steven told Fox News Mnuchin, while predicting a rapid rebound: “We will have a better third quarter, a better fourth quarter, and next year will be a great year. “
This eagerness is criticized by the democrats, who already used Donald Trump for his management of the pandemic, which he first played down before sending contradictory messages.
Usually reserved on the politics of his republican successor, the former democratic president Barack Obama spoke in a private conversation, which opportunely filtered, of an “absolute chaotic disaster”.
But beyond political controversies, experts warn that the lifting of containment in many American states could revive the epidemic.
“We are witnessing a phenomenal increase in mobility in certain states, which should result in more cases and deaths in ten days”, warned on CBS the D r Christopher Murray, Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
He explained that the model of his institute predicted 137 000 died in the United States by August 4, an upward number due to “this increased mobility. ”
Mayor of New York worries about pediatric inflammation
New York – New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday expressed “serious concern” over an increase in case of a syndrome affecting children that scientists believe is linked to the new coronavirus. 38 cases of pediatric inflammation were detected in New York, the most affected American city by COVID – 19, and 9 others are still under study. Throughout New York State, 85 cases of this disease, similar to Kawasaki disease, are at study, added soon after Governor Andrew Cuomo. Three deaths linked to this syndrome have been recorded, including one in the financial capital of the United States, and two other deaths are under investigation, he said. One of the victims was five years old. One of the state’s health officials said the other two victims were a teenager and a child between the ages of five and ten. None of them had any pre-existing illness, the official added. Symptoms are fever, rash, abdominal pain, and vomiting. The mayor of Blasio announced that all children with these symptoms would now be tested for COVID – 19 as well as for its antibodies. So far, 47% of confirmed cases have been found positive for the new coronavirus, and 81% to its antibodies, which means that they have been infected with the virus since the start of the epidemic. COVID – 19 was until now deemed to develop in forms serious in children only exceptionally.