U.S. President Donald Trump has said that restrictions on coronavirus such as social distancing will be extended across the country until at least April 30th.
“The highest point in the mortality rate is expected to hit in two weeks,” Trump said on Sunday, adding: “We will therefore extend our guidelines.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the face of the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force, previously warned that the virus could kill up to 200,000 Americans.
The United States has 139,675 confirmed cases.
As of Sunday evening, 2,436 deaths had been recorded in the country in relation to Covid-19, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.
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Last week the United States overtook China and Italy in the number of reported cases.
Dr. Fauci said it was “entirely conceivable” that millions of Americans could eventually become infected and that between 100,000 and 200,000 could die.
What did Trump say?
Speaking during the latest press briefing from the Coronavirus Task Force on Sunday at the White House, the president said measures like social distancing are “the way you win”, adding that the United States “will be well on its way to recovery “by June.
Suggesting that the “spike” in US deaths would likely hit in two weeks, Trump said “nothing would be worse than declaring victory before victory – it would be the biggest loss of all.”
Trump had previously said that Easter – the weekend of April 12 – would be a “good time” to open at least some parts of the country.
The president also spoke on Sunday about the medical response. He said the “rapid tests” were approved to get Covid-19 results within five minutes and that doctors, nurses and other health care workers will be tested.
Meanwhile, an anti-viral drug – hydroxychloroquine – was being administered to 1,100 patients in New York, he said. “Let’s see how it works, we could have incredible results.”
Trump said the experts were also examining blood transfusions to treat the sick, using blood taken from people who had healed.
And the shortage of equipment?
On Sunday, Trump accused hospitals in some states of “hoarding” fans, face masks and other critical medical supplies.
“We have a problem with storage … including fans. Hospitals have to release them – in some cases they have too many, they have to release supplies and medical equipment,” he said.
Hospitals “can’t handle it [ventilators] if they think there may be problems weeks, “he said, claiming that some were” restocked “.
The availability of fans is a major concern for healthcare professionals as demand has increased with the spread of the virus. Numerous states have warned that they will soon end.
President Trump has ordered a Detroit automaker to manufacture multiple medical machines to meet demand.
The new coronavirus can cause serious breathing problems when it attacks the lungs and ventilators help maintain patient breathing.
State governors across the country, from New York to Washington, have warned of reducing medical supplies and pressure on hospitals.