Donald Trump has announced additional measures to stem the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, but remains at the recommendation stage. After meeting with state governors, many of whom have made individual decisions to curb movement and social interaction, the President has issued guidelines for “Slow the spread of the virus”.
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“Avoid gatherings of more than ten people, unnecessary trips, ending up in bars, restaurants or shopping centers …”said Trump. But the President has not announced any nationally imposed measures or restrictions on travel within the United States. “These are recommendations”said Trump. Nor has he announced a postponement of the primary elections to be held in four states on Wednesday. “It is a serious thing to postpone elections … it is not necessary, we hope it will go well”said the American president.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief epidemiologist at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and one of the senior advisers to the White House, explained the reasons for these measures. “When you face an epidemic, your measures will always appear to be excessive”, said Fauci, “Because your numbers always put you behind where you really are … The best way to deal with it is to take action that appears to be a reaction … We hope people take this action seriously “.
Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the task force created to coordinate the fight against the virus, insisted on calling on the Americans to stay at home. “If you are sick, if a member of your family is sick, you must remain in quarantine … we also ask the generation of millennials to limit their groupings … Against a virus that we do not see and against which we have not no treatment, we call on all americans to take these measures to heart to stop the spread of the virus“
Warning that these measures could be in effect until July or August, Trump also announced that a vaccine had been tested, and that the first results “Were promising”. But Doctor Fauci tempered these hopes by recalling that the process was fast, but would take a long time.
Trump also said that a large number of masks and respirators had been ordered, without providing figures. “We hope we don’t have to get there” building new hospitals, also said the president, who confirmed that he had tested negative for the coronavirus.
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