U.S. President Donald Trump has said border control and travel restrictions would be top priority because the country prepares to reopen its economy after a costly corona virus shutdown.
Trump said during his daily news briefing on COVID-19 at the White House on Thursday where he announced a three-phased plan for the reopening process.
“As we begin a science-based reopening, we must be extra vigilant in blocking the foreign entry of the virus from abroad.
“Border control, travel restrictions and other limitations on entry are more important than never before to stay the virus in check and allow Americans to get back to figure ,” he said.
Citing expert advice, the president said the pandemic curve had flattened and therefore the peak in new cases behind, hence the necessity for Americans to “start our lives again”.
However, he said the States would choose when to reopen, but the rules recommend criteria that would have to be met in this regard.
“America wants to be open.
“Based on the newest data, our team of experts agree we will start the next front in our war, which we are calling ‘Opening up America Again”.
“And that’s what we do , opening up our country and we have to do that,” he said. Trump said that a protracted shutdown combined with “a forced economic depression” could deeply hurt the country and its economy.
The document lays out the rules to be followed for reopening of companies across the country badly hit by the economic impact of the pandemic.
One of the key recommendations for the primary phase is that the avoidance of groups of quite 10 people where appropriate social distancing is impossible. The first phase also discourages non-essential travel, and encourages teleworker (working from home) and closure of common areas in offices.
Also recommended is that the need for States to realize a 14-day “downward trajectory” in corona virus cases before beginning the re-opening process.
Under the plan, States are expected to line up screening and testing centers in addition to develop contact tracing capabilities.
It also recommends that hospitals should have a “robust testing programme,” in place for healthcare workers, among others.
While acknowledging that there would be challenges ahead, Trump said the goal was to quickly identify and address new cases.