Trump rejects second wave of coronavirus

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Trump has played down the possibility that the coronavirus could be worse this winter in the northern hemisphere despite medical experts' warnings that COVID-19 could combine with the flu to make a more complicated return to the US.

"It's not going to be what we've gone through, in any way, shape or form," Trump said.

"If it comes back, though, it won't be coming back in the form that it was. It will be coming back in smaller doses that we can contain," he continued. "You could have some embers of corona ... (but) we will not go through what we went through for the last two months."

00:45 GMT - Trump 'disagrees strongly' with Georgia's plan to reopen economy Trump said he told Georgia Governor Brian Kemp that he "disagreed strongly" with Kemp's decision to begin allowing some nonessential businesses to soon reopen.

"The people of Georgia ... have been strong, resolute, but at the same time he must do what he thinks is right," Trump said of Kemp, a Republican.

"I want him to do what he thinks is right. But I disagree with him on what he's doing... But I think (opening) spas and beauty salons and tattoo parlours and barbershops in phase one ... it's just too soon."

In addition to pushback from Trump, Kemp's plan to begin cracking open the Georgia economy faces two key hurdles - the state is struggling to increase testing for new coronavirus infections and boost tracking of those in contact with infected people.