Front Burner

Trump pushes the economy while experts warn of COVID-19 deaths

As U.S. President Donald Trump hopes to see the country “opened up and just raring to go by Easter,” CBC’s Susan Ormiston explains the state of the pandemic, and why many public health officials warn against his timeline.
Vice President Mike Pence walks to the podium as President Donald Trump looks on during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House, Saturday, March 21, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (Patrick Semansky/Associated Press)
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On Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump said he "would love to have the country opened up, and just raring to go, by Easter," which is two and a half weeks from now. But many public health experts say the result could be an increase in COVID-19 deaths. 

Today on Front Burner, CBC senior correspondent Susan Ormiston on the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. — Trump's hopes to see the economy reopened in mere weeks, and what it could mean for a country the World Health Organization warned could become the new epicentre of COVID-19.

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