Obama Calls for a Coherent National Plan to Navigate the Coronavirus Crisis

President Barack Obama tweeted Wednesday that while the country continues to wait for a “coherent national plan” to manage the coronavirus crisis, states like Massachusetts deserve praise for its response to the pandemic.

Obama wrote, “While we continue to wait for a coherent national plan to navigate this pandemic, states like Massachusetts are beginning to adopt their own public health plans to combat this virus ––before it’s too late.”

Axios reports Why it matters: “Obama rarely comments on Trump administration policies, though he did call for Americans last month to stay home and maintain social distancing protocols. He also urged mayors at a town hall this month to “speak the truth” about the outbreak. Massachusetts has implemented strict measures to curb COVID-19’s spread. The state has extended orders to close schools, along with businesses like bars and restaurants, until May. Its contact-tracing program was the first statewide effort in the U.S., and it’s “still rapidly bringing on staff,” the Boston Globe notes.”


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