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Coronavirus U.S. Updates: Trump Wants U.S. 'Open By Easter'

  • May 22, 2020
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As the death toll from the new coronavirus outbreak in the United States topped 700 Tuesday, President Donald Trump said in a Fox News virtual town hall that he would love to see the United States “open and raring to go by Easter.” This year, the holiday is April 12.

During the town hall, Trump spoke of “reopening” U.S. businesses as a means to jump-start the U.S. economy, multiple news outlets, including The Hill, reported.

“It’s not built to shut down. Our people are full of vim and vigor and energy. They don’t want to be locked in a house or an apartment or some space,” Trump said during the town hall. “You can destroy a country this way, by closing it down, where it literally goes from being the most prosperous.”

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Also, businesses and the U.S. government are racing to ease the economic toll the new coronavirus is taking on the United States. Major U.S. airlines are coming up with draft plans to possibly shut down all passenger flights in the country, while Congress is slowly nearing a deal on a proposed $2 trillion stimulus plan, reports said Monday.

The Transportation Security Administration reported passenger flow at its checkpoints was down more than 80 percent Sunday from the same day a year earlier, the Journal reported, adding that thousands of flights were canceled Monday due to lack of passengers.

No final decisions have been made regarding a potential airline shutdown, industry and federal officials told the newspaper.

Also, top congressional and White House officials say they expect to reach a deal and could potentially vote Tuesday on a nearly $2 trillion measure aimed at easing the economic damage inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic. Watch live on Patch.


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