The united states will not be able to re-open its economy for full may 1, the date set by the White House, warned this Friday, the director general of public health of the u.s. Government, Jerome Adams.
In an interview with Fox, Adams said that “most of the country” will not be able to return to normal on 1 may, despite the fact that some members of the Administration believe that it is necessary to wake the country to this date.
“The greater part of the country will not be able to (re-open) to be honest with you, although some parts yes will,” said Adams.
The official argued that some parts of the U.S. that have been least impacted by the pandemic may be opening on a staggered basis as they do test for detecting in which areas there is a danger that it will expand the coronavirus.
“This is how reabriremos the country: from site to site, little by little, based on the data,” said Adams.
The president of the united states, Donald Trump, has expressed optimistic about the revival of the economy and, until recently, wanted the country to return to normal on the 12th of April, Easter Sunday, but then accepted that it would be necessary to wait at least until the 1 of may.
To be able to resume economic activity on may 1, the president has created a working group with that specific target.
This Friday, at a press conference, Trump asked to wait to see the development of the virus in the coming weeks and promised to listen “carefully” to their advisors about public health issues, although he returned to influence the economic benefits of ending up with the downturn in economic as soon as possible.
“I’ll have to make a decision, and only I pray to God that it is the right decision. But I would say without a doubt, that is the most important decision that I had to take,” he admitted.
Within the U.S. Government, there are disagreements between health officials, who ask to extend the quarantine, and economic advisors, as the secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, who this week said that “absolutely” it will be possible to revive the economy by may 1.
Trump has power and influence to set some rules on the coronavirus at the federal level; but the governors of each state are the ones who ultimately must decide if the americans leave their homes and return to work.
In total, 42 of the 50 states, plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, have issued decrees to force its citizens to stay at home, which means that approximately 95% of the u.s. population (about 316 million people) are held.
The U.S. has recorded more than 490,000 infections, while more than 18,000 people have been killed by the virus, a third party in the city of New York, the epicentre of the pandemic, according to the latest data from the Johns Hopkins University.