UPDATED 7:00 PM PT – Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Joe Biden’s top coronavirus task force adviser has called for a nationwide coronavirus lockdown.
On Wednesday, Univesity of Minnesota’s Center of Infectious Disease Research and Policy Director Dr. Michael Osterholm said if all businesses shutdown for four-to-six weeks he thinks the country would be able to get a grip on the virus and put the U.S. on track for economic recovery.
He also claimed the federal government would have enough money to pay people back for the time they would be out of work.
One of Biden’s new coronavirus task force doctors floating the idea of a 4-6 week lockdown:
“We could pay for a package right now to cover all of the lost wages for individual workers … if we did that, then we could lockdown for 4 to 6 weeks.”pic.twitter.com/zNmuQvPpIJ
— Zack Guzman (@zGuz) November 11, 2020
“We have a big pool of money out there that we could borrow from,” Dr. Osterholm stated. “We could pay for a package right now to cover all of the lost wages for individual workers, for losses to small companies to medium-sized companies…for cities, states, county governments.”
Meanwhile, the Trump administration has urged governors to avoid lockdown as much as possible to not further damage the nation’s economy.
The U.S. has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, hitting a record-high weekly average of over 100,000 cases per day.
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