Donald Trump said Sunday that the administration’s coronavirus task force’s 15-day plan to reduce the spread of the disease was extended by 30 days, which is weeks after the Easter deadline.
During his daily press briefing on Sunday evening in the White House, he also said that the coronavirus peak is expected to hit in two weeks, although the death toll in the United States has doubled from 1,000 to 2,000 in a single day.
‘The modeling estimates that the peak will probably reach in two weeks. So, I’ll say it again: the peak – the highest point in the mortality rate, remember this – is likely to hit in two weeks, “said Trump during his observations in the Rose Garden. ‘Nothing would be worse than declaring before victory is won. It would be the greatest loss of all. “
The president said the administration would extend the original guidelines by 15 days for another 30 days.
Trump said last week that he hoped that the whole crisis would break out by Easter, which is April 12, but he admitted Sunday that that deadline was just an “aspiration” and that Easter could end up being the “peak”. of deaths.
Donald Trump said Sunday that the administration is extending the coronavirus guidelines, originally imposed for 15 days, until April 30 – a 30-day extension
He also said that the peak of coronavirus deaths and cases would likely peak in the U.S. in two weeks, which is Easter.
Journalists gathered in the Rose Garden for the press briefing on Sunday when temperatures hit 70 in Washington D.C. – and the chairs were seated two feet apart while continuing to practice social distances
“Was floating Easter a mistake?” a reporter asked after the president had finished making his prepared remarks.
‘No. It was just an aspiration. In fact we will hit, potentially … we are probably at Easter – this could be a peak. It could be a peak period. This could be the peak – unfortunately to say – could be the maximum number of deaths before it starts to go down. No, it was aspirational, “he said.
“We had the aspiration for Easter,” continued the president. “But when you hear this kind of numbers and hear the potential parody, we don’t want to do anything where, you know – we don’t want to peak.”
‘We don’t want to do it early and then suddenly go down, go down and then start going up again. Because we have discussed that this could happen. We went through too much. “He said of the end of the guide and the blocks.
Trump added that the administration would now extend the 15-day guidelines presented by the task force earlier this month until April 30th.
“The next two weeks, and during this period, it is very important that everyone follows the guidelines strongly,” said Trump. ‘The better you do, the faster this whole nightmare will end. Therefore, we will extend our guidelines to April 30 to slow down the spread. We will finalize these plans on Tuesday. ‘
Federal guidelines include recommendations for individuals on how to slow the spread of respiratory disease and include measures such as limiting social gatherings to 10 or fewer people.
Vice President Mike Pence, who leads the White House coronavirus task force, often holds a document detailing the guidelines that say and will continue to flatten the curve.
Trump then imposed another artificial deadline, arguing that he expected the United States to be in the midst of recovery from the virus and the economic turmoil it brought with it by June 1.
‘We can expect that by June 1st we will be well on the way to recovery. We think a lot of extraordinary things will happen by June 1st, “Trump told reporters gathered for the briefing, a little more than usual due to the outdoor environment.
Over the weekend, the death toll from coronavirus in the United States doubled in a single day and exceeded 2,000.
Most of the cases come from the tri-state area of New York and on Saturday Trump floated completely in quarantine in New York and parts of New Jersey and Connecticut.
The move, if it had been made, would have limited travel to and from the three states, which are among the hardest hit by the epidemic, as it emerged that 209 people have died in New York in the past 24 hours.
New York City is already completely blocked, with people being told to stay home and all non-essential activities closed.
When asked about the potential to quarantine those states, Trump said on Sunday that he never abandoned that idea.
“Why did you publicly threaten the quarantine yesterday in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut?” a reporter asked on Sunday evening.
‘I didn’t do it at all. Read the statement, read the statement. Read what I said. I said we’ll look into the quarantine. I didn’t say, “We are going to quarantine,” Trump replied to the Bloomberg News reporter.
‘I considered it perhaps because many of our professionals have suggested quarantine. I said, “We will see it.” So we looked, see – who you are with. Bloomberg, right? I can’t imagine it, “he sarcastically joked with the reporter.
‘Let me tell you, I didn’t threaten him. I don’t go around threatening, “he continued, adding that health workers” love “the idea of quarantining because it’s the” maximum distance. “
Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Sunday Donald Trump decided not to quarantine the three-state area of New York City after “very intense discussions” in the White House on Saturday night. “After discussions with the President, we clarified and agreed, it would be much better to do what is called strong advice.”
Trump launched the idea of quarantining while talking to reporters on Saturday.
‘Some people would like to see New York quarantined because it’s a hotspot – New York, New Jersey maybe one or two other places, parts of Connecticut being quarantined. I’m thinking about it right now, “Trump told the press Saturday.
“We may not have to do it, but there is a possibility that sometimes today we will quarantine – in the short term – two weeks for New York, probably New Jersey, some parts of Connecticut.”
He said the possible quarantine would be “short term” but that it would be “executive”.
Principal immunologist and infectious disease government expert Anthony Fauci said on Sunday that Trump ended up not going to quarantine after a “very intense discussion”.
Instead, Trump ordered a travel alert, which was sent out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday night.