The decision to impose strict measures in the United States to prevent the spread of the coronavirus was the most important and saved millions of people. US President Donald Trump stated this in an interview with journalists of the American TV channel ABC.
“I think the most important thing for me was the decision to close the country,” he said. — We have the most excellent economy in the world; the highest employment rates and other parameters are the best. And then I was told: “Sir, we must close the country.” I said, “What are you talking about; no one has ever heard that.” But by doing so, we saved millions of lives.”
“An important step was to stop travel to China at an early stage,” he continued. — But the most critical decision was the decision to close the country. And now another vital decision will be how to open the country. After all, people want to go back to work.”
Number of victims
Trump also called an erroneous forecast, according to which up to 135 thousand people may die in the United States by the beginning of August from a new coronavirus disease.
“These models [of the spread of infection in the United States] were wrong from the very first day,” Trump said in response to a similar question from the host. According to the head of the White House, neither pessimistic nor optimistic forecasts correspond to reality. “They were wrong and extremely contradictory,” Trump pointed out. “And they continue to build new models, and they are also wrong.”
“The models you are talking about do not talk about measures to mitigate the negative consequences [of the spread of the coronavirus],” Trump said. At the same time, he stressed that the US administration is taking appropriate measures. As indicated by ABC, Trump, during the interview, noted that the total number of deaths from the disease caused by coronavirus might reach about 100 thousand in the United States.
On Monday, experts from the Institute for health assessment and measurement at the University of Washington made a forecast that by August 4 of this year, the number of deaths of patients with coronavirus in the United States may reach 134,475. In mid-April, they expected that the death rate due to infection by this time would not exceed 60,308 cases. Such growth, according to experts, may be caused by the premature rejection of sanitary restrictions and norms of social distance.
On Monday, the New York Times newspaper, citing documents of the US administration that came to its disposal, reported that the authorities do not rule out in the coming weeks and increase in the daily number of deaths due to coronavirus in half, to about 3 thousand. Later, Deputy White House press Secretary Judd Deere denied the newspaper’s data, pointing out that they “do not appear in the modeling and analysis of the target group.”
Problems due to the measures introduced
The American leader noted that the introduction of sanitary measures in the United States had worsened the problem of drug addiction in the country.
The President was asked whether it is likely that after the lifting of these restrictions in the United States, there may be deaths due to infection with the virus, which could have been avoided. “It is possible that some will, since people will not be locked in apartments or houses,” Trump replied. — But we will comply with the norms of social distance.”
He stressed that the measures should still be lifted as soon as possible. “People are already dying,” he said. — What happened to drug addiction? It’s growing. If you pay attention to suicide. See what happens. People lose their jobs.” “We must return it to them. This is exactly what we are doing,” the American leader added.
According to the Johns Hopkins University, which conducts calculations based on information from Federal and local authorities, more than 1.2 million cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the United States, and more than 70,6 thousand people died.