Another week of self-isolating — or, for many Americans, mandatory lockdowns — will raise more questions for President Trump on how long the coronavirus mitigation measures will last and whether they are worth the economic pain.
Aides say Trump is itching for the guidelines to be eased at the end of the 15 day period, but realistically there are few health experts who think that’s enough time to know whether the measures he announced last week will suffice.
The dynamic has led to a robust internal debate over how best to balance the actual health of the country — with potentially hundreds of thousands of lives at stake — with its economic health.
Some of Trump’s allies have continued to publicly suggest the measures announced by the White House last week were too stringent and have caused unnecessary economic pain. Many of his conservative allies circulated a Wall Street Journal editorial from last week, which questioned whether the shutdown was worth the trade off of a shuttered economy.
That has helped fuel growing opposition among some of Trump’s advisers to an extended lockdown.
Officials aren’t sure where Trump will ultimately land after 15 days — and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease specialist, will continue to act as a critical voice behind the scenes.
Trump was initially resistant to Fauci’s recommendations that he take steps to encourage social distancing during the first go-around, people familiar with the deliberations said. The President remains unconvinced it was the fight decision. And there are people around him who aren’t exactly reinforcing Fauci’s message, including some of his economic advisers.
An open question is whether Trump is willing to blow off Fauci once the economic picture becomes clearer. Meanwhile, Fauci has been vocal in his disagreements with Trump — Including interviews openly discussing his role in correcting the president’s false or misleading statements.
UK prime minister says Olympics organizers “should look at canceling” 2020 Games
The organizers of the 2020 Olympics “should look at canceling,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesperson said Monday.
“We want the International Olympic Committee to make a definitive decision soon to bring clarity to all of those involved,” the spokesperson told political reporters.
The spokesperson expressed concern about the “significant uncertainty” Olympics hopefuls are facing now, adding “Their health and safety, alongside that of sports fans and officials due to work at the Games, must be absolutely paramount.”
All professional football in Spain postponed indefinitely due to coronavirus pandemic
All professional football in Spain has been postponed until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and La Liga said in a joint statement on Monday.
Professional football in the country had initially been postponed for two weeks in March with a view to resuming the domestic season on April 3.
However a joint monitoring commission between the two bodies agreed to postpone all professional competitions until the Spanish government considered they could start again “without creating any health risk.”
More context: On Monday, Spain’s Health Ministry announced that the total number of cases registered in the country had risen to 33,089 — 4,517 more than Sunday. The number of deaths was now at 2,182, or 462 more than Sunday.