Reporter Demands Trump Shuts Down Grocery Stores, Restaurants - WATCH
White House correspondent presses President on coronavirus lockdown
A reporter pressed President Donald Trump during a COVID-19 briefing on why he hasn't issued a shutdown of all businesses nationwide, including grocery stores amid the coronavirus pandemic.
EWTN White House correspondent Owen Jensen said:
“Obviously, we know anyone can spread the disease unwittingly."
“So, why even have a few businesses open? Why not just shut everything down?" she asked.
“There are grocery stores that are open, fast food places," Jensen continued.
“Why even take a little chance? Just shut it all down.”
“We’ll answer that question later," Trump said in response to the question.
“All I can say is that right now, things are looking really good, and opening up with a bang will be a great thing," Trump added.
The social distancing guidelines implemented by the Trump administration requires all Americans to adhere to the rules until the end of the month.
Meanwhile, most states have closed down non-essential businesses to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Video: As many people have already pointed out on here, a reporter actually asked Trump about shutting down essential businesses like grocery stores. Seriously.— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) April 6, 2020
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But despite the lockdown, The World Health Organization stated on Saturday that abortion is still considered an essential service during the shutdown.
In the WHO's statement:
"Services related to reproductive health are considered to be part of essential services during the COVID-19 outbreak.”
Women’s choices and rights to sexual and reproductive health care should be respected, irrespective of whether or not she has a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection."
Last week, the Trump Administration's leading health official, Dr. Tony Fauci, said Americans should prepare for at least 100,000 people to die as a result of COVID-19.
Fauci said during last week's White House briefing that the U.S could exceed "the six figures predictions."
"The answer is yes - as sobering a number as that is, we should be prepared for it," Fauci said.
According to White House projections, the number of deaths could surpass two million people without the social distancing rules and the lockdown.
But they added the number could realistically be reduced to between 100k and 240,000 deaths if the current guidelines are followed.
The following guidelines were released on March 29, and due to last until the end of April:
- Listen and follow the directions of your state and local authorities.
- If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.
- If your children are sick, keep them at home. Do not send them to school. Contact your medical provider.
- If someone in your household has tested positive for the coronavirus, keep the entire household at home. Do not go to work. Do not go to school. Contact your medical provider.
- If you are an older person, stay home and away from other people.
- If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition that can put you at increased risk (for example, a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system), stay home and away from other people.
- Even if you are young or otherwise healthy, you are at risk, and your activities can increase the risk for others. It is critical that you do your part to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
- Work or engage in schooling from home whenever possible.
- If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as health care service and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule. You and your employers should follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance to protect your health at work.
- Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than ten people.
- Avoid eating or drinking in bars, restaurants, and food courts — use drive-thru, pick-up, or delivery options.
- Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits.
- Do not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
- Practice good hygiene.
- Wash your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.
- Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.