President Donald Trump ordered Sunday that voluntary confinement nationwide be extended for another month, yielding to public health experts who informed him that the pandemic of coronavirus It could cause more than 100,000 deaths in the United States, and possibly many more, if it is not fought with sufficient force. Read Urge to reinforce tests of Covid-19 at borders
It was a marked change in the tone of the president, who just a few days ago was weighing the revival of activities in the country in a few weeks. From the White House Rose Garden, Trump admitted that his hopes of resuming activities in time for Easter had only been “something he aspired to.”
He initial period of 15 days of social distancing The federal government’s request concludes Monday, and Trump had expressed interest in relaxing national guidelines, at least in certain parts of the country that have been least affected by the pandemic. But, instead, he chose to extend them until April 30, a tacit acknowledgment that his forecast was overly optimistic. Many state and local governments have more stringent displacement and concentration controls.
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Trump’s intentions to get things back to normal ran into harsh reality on Sunday, when Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease expert, said there could be more than 100,000 deaths and millions of infections in states. United because of the pandemic. Trump’s decision to extend the control measures reflects an acknowledgment that the fight will be long-term and that the risk of the death toll rising to the hundreds of thousands is real.
I want us to have our life back, ”said the president.
Trump, who has generally avoided talking about deaths and infection rates, cited mathematical models that noted that potentially 2.2 million or more people could have died if the country had not implemented social distancing measures. He added that the United States would be doing a good job if it can “limit” the number of deaths “to 100,000.”
It is a horrendous figure, “said the president, but added:” All together we have done a very good job. “
Introduced by Trump during his report, Fauci said his projection of the possibility of 100,000 to 200,000 deaths is “completely conceivable” if not enough is done to mitigate the crisis. He noted that this helped delineate the extension of the guidelines, “a wise and prudent decision.”
Federal guidelines recommend avoiding high concentrations and urge the elderly and people with pre-existing health problems to stay home. People are asked to work from home as much as possible, and to avoid restaurants and bars, as well as non-essential transfers and purchases.