Coronavirus: Donald Trump 'looking at' stopping all domestic flights in US

The United States still lags behind most of the world in terms of travel limitations.
The United States still lags behind most of the world in terms of travel limitations. Photo credit: Getty Images/FlightRadar24.com

President Donald Trump is considering a plan to halt domestic flights to US coronavirus hot spots as the United States struggles to contain a pandemic projected to kill at least 100,000 people.

"We're certainly looking at it, but once you do that you really are clamping down an industry that is desperately needed," Trump told a White House news briefing on Wednesday.

Such a plan might conceivably shut down traffic at airports in hard-hit New York, New Orleans and Detroit.

"We're looking at the whole thing," Trump said of curtailing domestic flights already greatly reduced as demand has fallen.

On Wednesday, Trump and physicians advising him said between 100,000 and 240,000 people in the United States are likely to die from the virus in coming weeks even if Americans adhere closely to stay-at-home guidelines for April.

Trump said he would meet with major US oil company executives on Friday. A drop in gasoline prices, prompted by a global glut, has put pressure on the oil companies.

Trump has sought to reduce the number of migrants entering the country from South America, but said on Wednesday he recognises the United States needs migrant workers traditionally allowed into the country to work the farms.

"I have given a commitment to the farmers that they are going to continue to come," he said.

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