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Covid-19: Trump declares intention to “re-open economy” within weeks against experts’ advice

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m1217 (Published 25 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m1217

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  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal

President Donald Trump, growing increasingly impatient with social distancing measures urged by US public health officials, has said that he wants people back at work and “packed churches all over the country” by Easter Sunday, 12 April.

“It’s such an important day for other reasons, but I’ll make it an important day for this, too,” he told Fox News on 24 March. “I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter.” Trump tweeted on 22 March: “We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself,” …

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