Coronavirus Updates: Trump Shifts Tone on Virus, Warning Americans: ‘It’s Bad’
President Donald Trump markedly shifted his tone on the coronavirus outbreak, warning Monday that it could last months and drive the U.S. into an economic recession after he had repeatedly minimized the impact. #Coronavirus #CoronavirusPandemic #Covid19 #WorkingFromHome
In a remarkable pivot, Trump advised Americans against gathering in groups of more than 10 people and said they should stop eating out at restaurants and going to bars. Children should be educated at home to the extent possible, he said. The U.S. may still be fighting the outbreak until August or later, he said.
“Someday soon, hopefully, it will end and we’ll be back to where it was,” Trump said, but he acknowledged: “It’s bad. It’s bad. We’re going to hopefully be a best case and not a worst case.”
There have been more than 4,000 cases of the virus in the U.S. and 71 deaths from the disease, according to Johns Hopkins University. On Monday, the benchmark S&P 500 stock market index fell nearly 12%, the most since 1987, and Trump acknowledged that the U.S. economy may enter a recession.
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