The President of the United States, Donald Trump, announced this Sunday at a press conference that It will extend the measures aimed at reducing the spread of the coronavirus until April 30.
This Monday the initial period of 15 days of social distancing expires. In recent days, the president had insisted that he hoped to “open” the country on Easter Sunday, which falls on April 12, and had hinted that his government could “soon” relax its guidelines to curb the pandemic.
However, the pandemic is evolving rapidly in the US, which has already become the main focus of the coronavirus in the world. The President has further warned that estimates suggest that the coronavirus mortality rate will peak in two weeks.
“Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before victory is won. That would be the biggest loss of all, so we will extend our guidelines to April 30 to slow down the expansion, “he said at a press conference at the White House. In addition, Trump has predicted that the country” will be well on the way to recovery. “next June.
To curb this health crisis, Trump recalled that last Friday the authorities they gave the green light to a test to diagnose the disease, manufactured by the pharmaceutical company Abbott, which offers results in less than 15 minutes. Also, a therapy to cure the disease is being tested in six patients consisting of the transfusion of plasma from the blood of patients recovered from COVID-19.
Trump added that they are also going to authorize a project to sterilize masks. In this sense, he has specified that there is a company that is capable of sterilize the same mask up to 20 times, and that steps are being taken to process the necessary permits to start this method as soon as possible.
The president has also announced a new initiative to create “an air bridge” with other countries to deliver material to New York, where an airplane has arrived with two million masks and medical gowns, more than ten million gloves and 70,000 thermometers. Trump has indicated that there are expected to be about 51 such flights.
THE FIGURE OF DEAD COULD REACH 100,000
Previously, the main epidemiologist of the Government, Anthony Fauci, had pointed out to the CNN network that those killed in the US by the coronavirus pandemic, which has its epicenter in New York, they could reach 100,000 and the contagions could be millions.
“Looking at what we are seeing now, you know, I would say between 100,000 and 200,000 (dead), but I do not want to subject myself to that,” said Fauci, a member of the White House working group against the coronavirus and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.