Trump: Shutdowns could destroy country

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The US president has warned that enforcing shutdowns nationwide over the coronavirus epidemic can destroy the country.

Trump downplayed the severity of the pandemic, pressing his case for a re-opening of the US economy by mid-April. He said Americans could continue practicing social-distancing measures to prevent infection while also going back to work. Trump’s comments came as the World Health Organization warned that the US has the potential to become a new epicenter of the coronavirus because there is a very large acceleration in the infection rate in the country. Meanwhile, the death toll from Covid-19 in the US stands at 667. The overall number of cases has surpassed 51-thousand.

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