(USA Features) President Donald Trump said Saturday he would use his “instinct” to help him decide when to recommend portions of the U.S. economy reopen as the coronavirus pandemic begins to wane.
“There are a lot of things that go into a decision like that,” he told Fox News host Jeanine Pirro. “It’s going to be based on a lot of facts and a lot of instinct. Whether we like it or not, there is a certain instinct to it.”
On Sunday, the president said he was seeing hopeful signs on the medical front.
“A very good sign is that empty hospital beds are becoming more and more prevalent,” he tweeted.
“We deployed 418 Doctors, Nurses and Respiratory Therapists from the hospital ship Comfort and the Javits Convention Center to hospitals in NYC & State. Have more bed capacity than was needed. Good!”
Late last month, Trump said he was hoping to reopen the economy and the country by Easter, but he was dissuaded from doing so by his coronavirus task force.
Instead, he extended social-distancing guidelines from two weeks to the end of April. Meanwhile, 42 governors followed up by issuing stay-at-home orders to citizens of their states unless they were leaving for essential work or other activities.
The results of the orders, due to the virus, have been economically devastating. More than 20 million Americans are believed to be out of work about four weeks after the same stay-at-home orders instructed businesses deemed “non-essential” to close as well.
The death toll in the U.S. on Sunday climbed to more than 20,000, with more than 530,000 people infected since the outbreak began. But those figures are far below an average flu season, some experts have noted.