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Trump says the U.S. may be getting to the top of coronavirus curve




President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the United States might be getting to the top of the “curve” of the coronavirus outbreak and said he did not see an early written warning about the pandemic from a top White House aide


The president said he was reluctant to talk about it but that the country might be on track for far fewer deaths than projected. Trump’s coronavirus task force previously projected, based on models, that as many as 240,000 people in the United States could die in the pandemic. Trump reiterated that he wanted to reopen the U.S. economy. “We want to get it open soon, that’s why I think maybe we’re getting to the very top of the curve,” Trump said. The president said he had not seen memos by White House trade adviser Peter Navarro warning of coronavirus risks. Navarro, a China hawk, sent a memo in late January warning the new coronavirus could create a pandemic and urged a travel ban for China, the New York Times reported. A second memo, written in late February and sent to the president, said it could kill up to 2 million Americans.



8 April 2020

Reuters

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