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What started with just four coronavirus cases in Melbourne a few days ago has now more than doubled, as close contacts are tracked down, isolated and tested. While cases are being linked to each other, how they relate back to a hotel quarantine breach in South Australia is still unclear. The other big challenge facing health authorities will be making sure every case is tracked down, but that's a job that gets harder with every new positive case.
President Donald Trump said in an exclusive interview with ABC "World News Tonight" Anchor and Managing Editor David Muir on Tuesday that "it's possible there will be some" deaths as states roll back restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of the novel coronavirusacknowledging that it was the choice the country faces to reopen and jumpstart the economy. In addition to the president's acknowledgement directly to Muir that it's "possible there will be some" deaths as a cost of reopening the country, the president also acknowledged during his visit to Arizona that there will be some who are "affected badly" by the decision.
Will some people be affected badly?
But even as the president advocates for a return to normal economic business, the nation's governors remain in control of decision-making for their respective states. The president's cost-benefit analysis is exemplified in his decision to move forward with disbanding the task force of medical experts in the weeks ahead, as he declares that "our country is now in the next stage of the battle.
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In arguing for the need to push states to reopen, Trump said social distancing restrictions had led to drug overdoses and suicides. We have to bring it back, and that's what we're doing. And I think we're doing very well on the vaccines but, with or without a vaccine, it's going to pass, and we're going to be back to normal.
But it's been a rough process. His continued insistence that Americans are having no issues getting tested if needed also contrasts with complaints from governors and public health officials around the country that they sometimes lack the supplies needed to conduct the tests. Asked by Muir if "right now," any American worker nervous about returning to work who wants to get tested could get access to an antibody test, Trump said yes.
The president was dismissive of two new analyses that offered cautionary tales against a premature reopening, one from Johns Hopkins University that warned the daily death rate could nearly double by June and a model from the University of Washington model that warned the U. Both on the low side and the upside.
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