WASHINGTON DC — Coronavirus cases in the U.S continue to spike, now reaching nearly 1 out of every 100 Americans.
Over the weekend alone, more than 100,000 new cases were identified in the U.S.
Almost 40 states are seeing coronavirus numbers surge.
President Trump — who previously resisted, and constantly downplayed masks’ necessity — was finally seen wearing a mask visiting a national military center on Saturday. He said he felt it was the right place and right time to wear one.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo hit Trump anew, this time on the President’s insistence to fully reopen all schools’ by September. He said that NY’s reopening of schools will be contingent on the state’s reopening plans.
Cuomo also hit Trump for saying his own health officials are lying about the gravity of the pandemic.
“President now says his own health officials are lying about the virus. His own CDC health officials are lying about the virus. Well, if the president is telling the truth, you know what he should do? He should fire them.”
There’s been reports of a leaked white house memo criticizing the country’s top infectious disease expert – Dr. Anthony Fauci — leaving many to wonder if Fauci will continue to have a role on the White House coronavirus task force.
Trump claimed to have a good relationship with Fauci — but said he doesn’t always agree with him.
For his part, Fauci continues to do his job — warning people about COVID-19 — while also giving updates on the development for a vaccine.
“Vaccine, as you know, there are multiple candidates that are in various stages of clinical trial, one or two of them will go into phase three for efficacy, literally at the end of this month. So we’re pretty cautiously optimistic that at the end of the year beginning of this coming 2021, we will have one and maybe more. I hope more than one vaccine that would be available.”
Fauci also blamed the U.S.’ recent spikes on the lack of a more authoritative lockdown like the ones successfully used in Europe and Asia.
“We can do that if we shut down, the Europeans have done it. People in Asia have done it. We did not shut down entirely, and that’s the reason why when we went up.”
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization echoed Fauci’s sentiments and without naming them, blamed countries for their lack of consistency when it comes to health precautions.
The U.S. has now reported more than 3.3 million cases of COVID-19 with over 135,000 deaths.