Trump vows to avoid Covid lockdown, doesn't concede

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Sat, 14 Nov 2020, 12:45PM

Trump vows to avoid Covid lockdown, doesn't concede

Author
news.com.au,
Publish Date
Sat, 14 Nov 2020, 12:45PM

President Donald Trump has delivered his first public remarks since losing the US election to Joe Biden with an appearance in the White House's Rose Garden.

Trump called the briefing to give an update on Operation Warp Speed, which is his administration's effort to accelerate the development and distribution of a coronavirus vaccine.

But it was a comment he made about future Covid measures that really caught the audience's attention.

"I will not be going to a lockdown," the President said.

"Hopefully the, the ah – whatever happens in the future, who knows which administration it will be, I guess time will tell – but I can tell you this administration will not go to a lockdown."

Trump claimed Operation Warp Speed proceeded in "record time".

"No medical breakthrough of this scope or magnitude has ever been achieved this quickly," he said.

US Covid-19 cases have surpassed 10 million, with 163,000 new infections yesterday.

Meanwhile, most US news networks have called the final batch of states, giving a complete election result at last.

Trump is the projected winner in North Carolina, whereas both Arizona and Georgia have been called for Biden.

The Trump campaign is still pursuing legal action, and recounts have been called in both Georgia and Wisconsin - but neither of those factors are likely to change the results.

Assuming the results remain the same, Biden has won 306 electoral votes – the same number Trump won four years ago.