(BI) – President Donald Trump said Tuesday that there will be “suicides by the thousands” if entire sectors of the US economy remain shut down in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus threatening to overwhelm hospitals.

We have to put the country to work,” he said on Fox News. “You are going to lose a number of people to the flu, but you are going to lose more people by putting the country in a massive recession or depression.” “You are going to lose people. You are going to have suicides by the thousands,” he continued. “You can’t just come in and say, ‘Let’s close up the United States of America.'”

The US is about halfway through the White House’s “15 Days to Slow the Spread” plan, and the president appears to be growing impatient. Trump said on Fox that he “would love to have the country opened up, and just raring to go, by Easter,” less than three weeks away.

The coronavirus has spread to nearly 400,000 people worldwide and claimed more than 17,000 lives. In the US, nearly 50,000 people have been infected, and almost 600 people have died. In hard-hit New York, the number of cases has surpassed 25,000. READ MORE

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