The country’s first health expert vigorously defended President Donald Trump’s decision on Monday Extension of measures for social distancing and self-isolation, since infections and deaths with corona viruses did not decrease “within the originally estimated time frame”.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on CNN that he had shown Trump the data, and the president quickly approved the recommendation to extend the guidelines until the end of April.
“It would not have been a good idea to retire at a time when you really had to put your foot on the pedal, not the brakes,” said Fauci.
The total number of deaths in the U.S. was over 2,500 people with more than 143,000 confirmed cases, according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard. Just last week, Trump said he wanted the country – especially the economy – to be “rare” until Easter. That was before Fauci said on Sunday that between 100,000 and 200,000 Americans could die from the virus.
The CDC insisted on “extensive community transmission” that residents in New Jersey, Connecticut and New York Not necessarily traveling for 14 days, from now on. The recommendation does not apply to key employees such as truckers, health professionals, and people working in the financial services or food supply industries.
Almost 1,000 people died in New York alone.
The worldwide number of deaths was 34,000 late Sunday, with more than 700,000 cases confirmed.