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Obama urges Americans to continue social distancing despite Trump’s wishes to reopen economy

In a tweet, Obama shared a news story about overwhelmed health care workers in New York hospitals helping coronavirus patients and said, «another reason to maintain social distancing policies at least until we have comprehensive testing in place. » Obama has tweeted encouraging messages during the outbreak, though he’s not directly criticized the Trump administration’s response to it. Obama has urged Americans to protect themselves and others from coronavirus by taking «common sense precautions» like hand-washing and staying home if sick. He also thanked health care professionals who are fighting the coronavirus outbreak, saying in a tweet last week, «They’re giving everything».

On Tuesday, Trump said he wants to ease social distancing measures in order for the country to be «opened up and just raring to go by Easter.» Health experts have cautioned against easing the guidelines to boost the economy as the number of confirmed cases continues to rise in the US. « We have to open this country up».


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