Trump vows to reopen US economy even as deaths from coronavirus rise

The US death toll rose by more than 100 as Trump said the ‘cure’ for the pandemic could be ‘worse than the problem itself’

Donald Trump has said he was eager to reopen the US economy in weeks, not months, even as the death toll from the virus continued to rise.

The president, who has been anxious about the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the US economy, made the remarks at a White House press briefing Monday in which he repeatedly refused to confirm that he would listen to public health authorities if they advised him to keep restrictive public health measures in place, even at a cost to the economy.

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