Bill Gates said the US missed its chance to avoid a coronavirus shutdown and recommended businesses stay closed for 6 to 10 weeks

March 25, 2020
71 Views

  • Bill Gates said the US missed its chance to contain COVID-19 without mandatory shutdowns, according to CNBC.
  • “We did not act fast enough to have an ability to avoid the shutdown,” Gates said during a Ted Connects virtual event Tuesday.
  • While admitting the “disastrous” economic impact, according to CNBC, Gates reiterated his previous suggestion that the shutdown should last six to 10 weeks.
  • Gates also called on the US to improve its testing capacity and strategy.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

America has missed its chance to contain the coronavirus without mandatory shutdowns, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said in an interview Tuesday, according to CNBC.

“The US is past this opportunity to control (COVID-19) without shutdown,” Gates said during a virtual TED Connects event, CNBC reported. “We did not act fast enough to have an ability to avoid the shutdown,” Gates added.

 What COVID-19 symptoms look like, day by dayBusiness Insider Video

Scroll back up to restore default view.

The US has become the third-worst-hit country in the world, with nearly 600 deaths and nearly 50,000 confirmed cases reported across all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and at least three US territories.

Those numbers, however, are likely to climb as the US continues to ramp up its testing efforts — which have been woefully behind those of other countries.

“In terms of testing, we’re still not creating that capacity and applying it to people in need,” Gates said, according to CNBC, reaffirming earlier comments Gates made about testing in the US not being organized enough.

More state and local governments have begun telling residents to remain in their homes in recent weeks, with one in three Americans now under “stay at home” orders. But Gates said the time to take such measures was back in January, according to CNBC.

Gates also said that, despite a potentially “disastrous” impact on the economy, the shutdowns should last for six to 10 weeks, CNBC reported. That timeline echoes Gates’ previous comments about the steps other countries should take to contain the virus

On Monday, President Trump went on a Twitter spree urging the US economy to go back to business as usual within 15 days, despite most public health experts — including Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the top officials on the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force — advising against lifting the containment measures to reopen the economy, predicting that the outbreak could last for several months.

You may be interested

“I Have A Sugar Mummy” – Joeboy Reveals Why He’s Single And Not Searching [Video]
Entertainment
Entertainment

“I Have A Sugar Mummy” – Joeboy Reveals Why He’s Single And Not Searching [Video]

Webby - February 24, 2021

Nigerian singer, Joeboy has opened up about his relationship with an unnamed woman which he prefers to having a girlfriend.…

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu Of Abia Is A ‘Champagne Drinking Man’ – Senator Smart Adeyemi
News
1 views
News
1 views

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu Of Abia Is A ‘Champagne Drinking Man’ – Senator Smart Adeyemi

Webby - February 24, 2021

The Senator representing Kogi West, Smart Adeyemi, has described Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, as a “champagne drinking man”. Adeyemi…

How Fani-Kayode Collected N26m in ‘Ghana-Must-Go Bag From Dasuki’ – EFCC Tells Court
Politics
1 views
Politics
1 views

How Fani-Kayode Collected N26m in ‘Ghana-Must-Go Bag From Dasuki’ – EFCC Tells Court

Webby - February 24, 2021

It has been revealed that Nigerian politician and former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode collected N26 millon from Sambo Dasuki,…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.