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Trump’s top disease expert warns US is not ready to lift lockdown – ‘not there yet’
April 14, 2020
The Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease spoke on Tuesday. The US President has claimed that he has “absolute power” to lift stay-at-home restrictions amid the outbreak.
Dr Fauci has said that the US lacks enough testing materials for coronavirus to make reopening the economy possible.
In an interview with the Associated Press, he pushed back against suggestions that that could happen soon.
He said: “We have to have something in place that is efficient and that we can rely on, and we’re not there yet.”
The doctor has been contradicting President Trump recently on whether suggested earlier responses to the virus were ignored.
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The president has lashed out at Democrats who will oppose any order to reopen the country amid the pandemic.
He wrote on twitter that the Democrats were looking for a “mutiny”.
“Tell the Democrat Governors that ‘Mutiny On The Bounty’ was one of my all time favourite movies.
“A good old fashioned mutiny every now and then is an exciting and invigorating thing to watch, especially when the mutineers need so much from the Captain.
New York Mayor Andrew Cuomo has challenged the president over the issue of reopening the country.
Speaking to CNN, he said he will not reopen the state until it is safe to do so.
“If he ordered me to reopen in a way that would endanger the public health of the people of my state, I wouldn’t do it,”
He also said in a later press conference: “We don’t have a king in this country, we have a Constitution and we elect the president.”
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Trump has recently been strongly critical of his leading advisor on the outbreak.
In a tweet on Monday, the President wrote that the New York Times article where Fauci suggested he had ignored recommendations was “fake news.”
He said: “I would love to be able to say that we have a very honest press … and I don’t mind being criticized, but not when they’re wrong.
“Not when people have done such a great job.”
Social distancing restrictions imposed since last month by governors in 42 states have crippled the U.S. economy, with businesses forced to close and millions of Americans thrown out of work.
The US has seen confirmed cases of COVID-19 reach 611,156.
As of Tuesday evening it has seen 25,924 deaths, with 2,284 in the last 24 hours.
New York remains the epicentre of the countries coronavirus outbreak: The state has seen 202,208 cases and 10,834 deaths.