2/27: Trump judge the risk “very weak” for the USA
In late February, US President Donald Trump claims that thehe risk of spreading coronavirus in the United States is “very weak” but a wide spread is also not “inevitable”. “Thanks to everything we have done, the risk for the Americans remains very low”: on February 2, the administration Trump Prohibited access to American territory for all non-American travelers who went to China in the two weeks preceding their arrival in the United States.According to donald Trump, the US is ready to respond to the epidemic of the new virus at “a much larger scale”. The United States has “ordered” many protective masks “in case”.
The same day, the American health agency CDC discovers the first case of Coronavirus in California of unknown origin in the United States. As of this date, at least 57 cases have been detected in the country. “There is no reason to panic”, urges the American president.
12/3: Ban on entering the USA from Europe
The President of the United States made a solemn address in the Oval Office on March 12, 2020: “To prevent new cases from entering our country, I will suspend all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days”.
13/3: Trump declare a state of emergency
“To unleash the full power of federal government resources, I officially declare a national emergency”, he says from the White House gardens. The president explains that this decision would provide access to up to 50 billion funds to fight the virus. “I call on each state (of the country) to immediately set up emergency centers” and hospitals to activate their emergency preparedness plans “to meet the needs of Americans”.
16/3: New measures. The virus is not “not under control”
The American government presents on March 16, 2020 new measures to fight the pandemic of the new coronavirus: avoid gatherings of more than 10 people, stop eating in restaurants and bars, avoid non-essential travel, encourage teleworking and keep children at home as much as possible.“It’s bad, it’s bad. But we are hoping for the best, not the worst”, adds Donald Trump. The virus itself is not “not under control”, he added. Nevertheless, the Republican president signals that he does not envisage a national quarantine. He hopes there will be no restrictions on domestic travel.
18/3: US / Canada border closed. A “wartime president”
President Donald Trump announces on March 18, 2020 the temporary closure of the border between the United States and Canada for all “non-essential” travel, “On the basis of mutual agreement”. He added that “Trade will not be affected”.
20/3: Pace of containment for the entire United States
President Donald Trump said on March 20 that he did not plan to place the entire United States in containment to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. “I don’t think we’ll ever find it necessary someday”, declaresdoes he at a press conference at the White House. “It was made in California, it was done in New York, these are two hot spots (…) But if you go to the Midwest or elsewhere, they watch all this on television and do not have the same problems “.
27/3: Trump signs 2000 billion dollar stimulus package
1/4: Next “weeks will be very, very painful”
Donald Trump warned Americans on Tuesday that the next two weeks would be “very very painful” while the toll of the new coronavirus continues to increase in the United States. “We are going through two very difficult weeks”added the American president during a press conference at the White House. “I want every American to be ready for the difficult days ahead”, he said again, in a grave tone.
According to the Johns Hopkins University count that references, more than 184,000 cases of Covid-19 contamination have been recorded in the United States and more than 3,700 deaths. The number of deaths continues to accelerate, especially in New York, the American epicenter of the pandemic.
The White House estimates that the disease will kill 100,000 to 240,000 people if current restrictions are met, compared to 1.5 to 2.2 million without any measures. The American president affirms that if his administration maintains the number of deaths at 100,000, it will have done “a very good job”.