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US could see ‘rolling re-entry’ next month, says Dr Fauci

For his part in all of this, Dr Fauci has said only that the country could be ready for “rolling re-entry” from the start of next month, ending the necessary-but-damaging lockdown measures that have stalled its economy in recent weeks and seen 17m citizens apply for unemployment benefits.

Once the number of people who are seriously ill sharply declines, officials can begin to “think about a gradual re-entry of some sort of normality, some rolling re-entry,” he said.

“We are hoping that, at the end of the month, we could look around and say: ‘OK, is there any element here that we can safely and cautiously start pulling back on?’ If so, do it. If not, then just continue to hunker down.”

Trump had hoped to have the country open for business by 12 April but instead had to pass the day wolfing chocolate Easter eggs and livestreaming a service by the notorious pastor Robert Jeffress from his Dallas megachurch via a laptop on the Resolute Desk in Washington as he pondered the “biggest decison” of his presidency.

Debate within the White House is ongoing about whether 1 May will be the date for the grand reopening Trump envisages. While their is pressure on the president to make a definite announcement, others are not at all sure that’s wise and that May Day will be too soon, certainly for the country as a whole.

Stephen Hahn, the head of the US Food and Drug Administration, told ABC’s This Week yesterday it was “too soon” to say whether that date would be safe. 

Griffin Connolly has a little more on Doc Fauci below.

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