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Biden Promises No Lockdown: “I’m Not Going To Shut Down The Economy, Period.”

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President-elect Joe Biden said he would not shut down the economy as the US continues to struggle under the weight of the coronavirus pandemic. “Given the death toll now more than 250,000 Americans who have now lost their lives, you have said that you would support a nationwide shutdown if scientists recommended it. You have spoken to scientists now,” a reporter said to Biden. “Everybody asks that question every single time I stand here,” Biden responded. “I am not going to shut down the economy period,” Biden said. “I’m going to shut down the virus; that’s what I’m going to shut down.” “I will say it again. No national shutdown. No national shutdown,” the President-elect promised.

QUESTION: Okay. And given the death toll now more than 250,000 Americans who have now lost their lives, you have said that you would support a nationwide shutdown if scientists recommended it– BIDEN: No — I know– QUESTION: You have spoken to scientists now — BIDEN: You keep — everybody asks that question every single time I stand here. It was a hypothetical question. The answer was I would follow the science. I am not going to shut down the economy period. I’m going to shut down the virus; that’s what I’m going to shut down. QUESTION: So that’s ruled out– BIDEN: I will say it again. No national shutdown. No national shutdown because every region, every area, every community is — can be different. And so there’s no circumstance which I can see that would require a total national shutdown. I think that would be counterproductive, but there are constraints in which the degree to which businesses can be open. For example, it’s one thing to say that you can have in a state that — where their infection rate is not as high you can have a gymnasium open. It’s another thing to say it can be only open four hours a day with X number of people.

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