Trump extends coronavirus protection guidelines to April 30, as U.S. death toll climbs

Amid developments in the impact of the coronavirus crisis, President Donald Trump is retreating from his plan to reopen the country by Easter — saying that target date was “just an aspiration”.

In fact, the President — who previously said the coronavirus would go away on its own a few weeks ago — now believes Easter will mark “the peak number” for the crisis, saying a final U.S. coronavirus death toll would be “in the range of 100,000 to 200,000,” and that would indicate his administration has “done a very good job.”

“We don’t have 2.2 million deaths. We have a number that’s much less. Much, much less. And at the same time, we get our country running again.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, said the mitigation being done right now is having an effect.

“It’s very difficult to quantitate it because you have two dynamic things going on at the same time. You have the virus going up and you have the mitigation trying to push it down. But the decision to prolong, not prolong, but to extend this mitigation process until the end of April, I think was a wise and prudent decision.”

Fauci was talking about Trump’s decision to extend the federal government’s guidelines on social distancing until April 30.

Meanwhile, the U.S. government went on an aggressive campaign on social media to tell people how to slow the spread of COVID-19 — by limiting social gatherings to 10 people or less, and generally avoiding crowds, frequent hand-washing after touching items or surfaces, avoiding travel and non-essential trips and social visits; advising Americans to work from home if they can, disinfecting of surfaces at home, and self-isolating if feeling sick.

Trump also revealed that the FDA authorized a new test developed by Abbott Labs — that delivers results in as little as five minutes.

Normally, this approval process from the FDA would take 10 months and even longer, but we did it in four weeks. Abbott has stated that they will begin delivering 50,000 tests each day.”

The U.S. still has the most number of COVID 19 cases in the world, now reaching more than 153,000 as with more than 2,800 deaths.

The state of New York, considered the epicenter of the crisis in the U.S. with more than 66,000 cases and 1,200 deaths — has set up tents in Central Park, and has also welcomed the arrival of a massive Navy hospital to help relieve city hospitals already overwhelmed by coronavirus patients.

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  • Mario
    1 April 2020 at 12:49 am - Reply

    From daily FOX LIVE TV, TASKFORCE VIRUS, according to the Model, projected DEATH for US is 1.2M to 2.2 Million. Task Force won’t accept it, they are trying their best to bring it down, and their projection is between 100,000-200,000 death. As of 3/31: 189,510 infected, 4076 Death. ITALY is #1 with 12,428 DEATH,#2 is SPAIN with 8,189 death, US is #3 4,076 Death. From Israeli TV, in ITALY, if you are 60 years old, they send you home, their VENTILATOR is only for below 60 yrs old, Die at home. SPAIN, below 65 years old can use the ventilator. At the US TaskForce, all State hospitals have 100-500 ventilators and there are 10,000 in reserve, and more are coming, the peak of the pandemic will be this coming 2 weeks. All my immigrant friends who live and retire in PH come back home to the US, said they have more chances to survive in the US. Also commented, Only Politicians, govt. employee, individual with money and connections is priority.