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Australia Coronavirus: the White House had been warned of the danger at the end of January

02:25  08 april  2020
02:25  08 april  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

Anyone near Trump or Pence will be given rapid coronavirus test - White House

  Anyone near Trump or Pence will be given rapid coronavirus test - White House With the coronavirus contagion spreading, the White House said on Friday that anyone expected to be near President Donald Trump or Vice President Mike Pence will be given a rapid COVID-19 test. “As the physician to the president and White House Operations continue to protect the health and safety of the president and vice president, starting today anyone who is expected to be in close proximity to either of them will be administered a COVID-19 test to evaluate for pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic carriers status to limit inadvertent transmission," said White House spokesman Judd Deere.

A White House coronavirus task force briefing is scheduled for 5 p.m. Here are the latest developments in the government response While it wasn't immediately clear whether Trump himself had seen the warning , he said, “I know all about it" when asked at the end of video teleconference

Britain’ s prime minister, Boris Johnson, has been moved to intensive care, and the Supreme Court rejected an extension of Wisconsin’ s voting deadline. A top White House adviser starkly warned Trump administration officials in late January that the coronavirus crisis could cost the United States

Donald Trump a été averti à deux reprises de l'ampleur du danger du coronavirus. © REUTERS / Kevin Lamarque Donald Trump has been warned twice of the extent of the danger of the coronavirus.

A memo published this Tuesday April 7 in the American press reveals that the Trump administration had been informed since the end of January of a risk of a serious pandemic.

The first warning dates back to January 29. As cases of coronaviruses begin to be identified around the world, trade counselor Peter Navarro warns the White House: "The absence of protection or of vaccine would leave Americans helpless in the event of an epidemic of coronavirus. "

In this first memo, the Trade Advisor talks about putting the lives of half a million Americans in jeopardy. Two days later, Donald Trump orders the closure of the borders with China, but he continues to minimize the risks. The president even ensures that the virus will disappear on its own, recalls our correspondent in Washington, Anne Corpet .

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 Coronavirus: the American democrats ask for a federal plan © REUTERS / Andrew Kelly "Next week will be a moment like Pearl Habor, like September 11, except that it will not be localized, it will be throughout the country", warned the federal administrator of public health services. (illustration photo) In the United States, the authorities are trying to prepare public opinion for a worsening of the crisis caused by the spread of the coronavirus on the national territory.

Donald Trump was warned at the end of January by one of his top White House advisers that coronavirus had the potential to kill hundreds of thousands of On Monday night, Axios published memos from trade adviser Peter Navarro which warned Trump of a likely pandemic in January .

A top White House adviser starkly warned Trump administration officials in late January that the coronavirus crisis could cost the United States trillions of dollars Mr. Navarro is a well-established China hawk who has long been mistrustful of the country’ s government and trade practices.

Alarmed, Peter Navarro wrote a second internal note on February 23. This time he spoke of the increased likelihood of a pandemic and observed: "Hundreds of millions of Americans could be infected, which could lead to the death of 1.2 million people." The Commerce Advisor requests that $ 3 billion be immediately released to organize prevention and diagnostics, in other words, to produce screening tests. No action is taken in this direction.

On March 21, a month later, the milestone of 300 died in the United States. Donald Trump said, "I wish we had been told earlier. We didn't know what was going to happen. ” The country has registered a total of more than 12,000 deaths.

Coronavirus: The United States seems to have “passed the peak”, Trump will present measures to “reopen the economy” .
The American president is betting on a gradual deconfinement, on a case by case basis according to the situation in the states © Alex Brandon / AP / SIPA Donald Trump takes stock of the coronavirus on April 15, 2020 from the gardens of the White House. DECONFINEMENT - The American president is betting on a progressive deconfinement, on a case by case basis according to the situation in the States There is, according to him, "light at the end of the tunnel".

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