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Trump pushes faculties to proceed reopening amid a string of campus coronavirus outbreaks

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks throughout a information convention within the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room on the White Home in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020.

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President Donald Trump urged universities to proceed reopening their campuses on Wednesday, whilst some establishments throughout the nation report clusters of coronavirus outbreaks amongst their college students. 

“We’ve realized one factor, there’s nothing like campus there’s nothing like being with a trainer versus being on a pc board,” Trump mentioned throughout a White Home press briefing. “The iPads are fantastic however you are not going to be taught the identical manner as being there.” 

The president’s remarks come as some universities have reported a whole lot of latest Covid-19 circumstances as college students return to campus for the autumn semester.

“For older individuals and people with underlying situations, the China virus may be very harmful,” Trump mentioned, utilizing a racist slur to explain Covid-19. “However for college college students the probability of extreme sickness is lower than or equal to the danger of a seasonal flu.”

Universities that laid out cautious methods to maintain college students and employees protected whereas reopening for the autumn semester are rethinking those plans after a number of outbreaks rapidly broke out quickly after college students returned to campus. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill determined Monday to halt in-person lessons for the autumn, solely every week after they started, citing a spike in infections. Distant instruction begins Wednesday. 

The University of Notre Dame on Tuesday introduced it would pause in-person undergraduate lessons for no less than two weeks, following a steep rise in circumstances that officers linked to off-campus events only one week into the autumn semester. Lower than an hour later, Michigan State College mentioned it was pivoting to an online-only fall for undergrads earlier than they arrive on campus, telling college students who deliberate to stay in dorms to remain residence. 

“As an alternative of saving lives the choice to shut universities might value lives. It’s considerably safer for  college students to stay with different younger individuals than to go residence and unfold the virus to older People,” Trump mentioned. The coronavirus is way extra lethal for older individuals and people with underlying situations.

Roughly 80% of fatalities within the U.S. from Feb.12 to Might 18 have been 65 years or older, in accordance with a July report from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. The agency also said in June that hospitalization charge for individuals who check optimistic for the coronavirus of their 20s is below 4%. 

WATCH: Dr. Scott Gottlieb on how colleges can handle Covid-19 outbreaks

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