President Donald Trump announced on Sunday that he was extending his government’s policy on social distancing during the COVID 19 outbreak until April 30.
Trump said last week that he wanted much of the country to return to normal by Easter, April 12, despite warnings from leading health experts that early policy relaxation could cause widespread deaths and economic damage.
Trump said on Friday that he would consult with his government’s best medical experts on whether to expand or change the guidelines for disease control and prevention centers to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
But on Sunday, Trump said the Easter goal was “just a goal” and he expected “big things to happen” by June 1. Instead, Trump believes Easter will mark “the maximum” and hopefully it should start very strongly at this point. “
Trump said his government felt Easter was “too early” and “we can’t take any chances.”
Instead, Trump said he felt June 1 would mark “the foot of the hill.”
Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said the decision to expand the guidelines was not taken lightly.
“We know it’s a big sacrifice for everyone,” she said, adding that more detailed instructions will be released on Tuesday.
The Sunday before, Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN’s “State of the Union” that the coronavirus could kill between 100,000 and 200,000 Americans while it “infects” millions, although he said the outbreak was difficult to model because it was “one of a kind.” Movement “be the goal.”
At the meeting later on Sunday, Fauci said, “The reason the President announced today to go until the end of April is because we want to make sure we don’t think ahead of time that we’re doing so well.”
He added: “We may be, but we want to push it to the limit.”
Trump said his government is extending the guidelines in hopes of avoiding a catastrophic death toll.
“So if, as we say, we can reduce that to 100,000, it’s a terrible number, maybe less, but to 100,000, between 100 and 200,000, we’ve all done a very good job together.” Trump said.
When asked if he was considering loosening policies in states that weren’t yet as badly affected by the virus, Trump said he, Fauci, and Birx weren’t fans of the idea.
“You said we don’t like this idea,” Trump said. “They didn’t like the idea. We could do it, but I don’t think it will be good.”
Much of the nation is currently closed to curb the spread of the disease, which first appeared in China at the end of last year. According to a Johns Hopkins University tracker, around 140,000 coronavirus cases were confirmed in the U.S. on Sunday morning. This is the highest total of all countries with more than 2,400 deaths.