The President of the United States, Donald Trump, said today that he considers churches and other places of worship “essential” and called on state governors to authorize their reopening this weekend despite the covid-19 pandemic.
"Today, I am classing the houses of prayer - churches, synagogues and mosques - as essential places that provide essential services," said the American President during a press conference.
Trump threatened that if governors do not obey his orders, he would disallow them, although it is unclear with what authority he could do so.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention prepared guidelines for the reopening of places of worship weeks ago, but the White House refused to release them until today, when Trump abruptly changed course.
“I said 'you better get them out there'. And they are going to do it, ”Trump said on Friday at a Ford Motor plant transformed to produce fans in the state of Michigan.
“And they are going to do it, spread something today or tomorrow about the churches. We must have the churches open ”, he defended.
Globally, according to a report by the AFP news agency, the covid-19 pandemic has already claimed almost 330 deaths and infected more than 5,1 million people in 196 countries and territories.
More than 1,9 million patients were considered cured.