Always yes. Donald Trump reverses himself and will extend until April 30 the measures to contain COVID-19 in the United States that, according to epidemiologists, could infect millions in addition to causing the death of more than 100,000 people.
Yesterday afternoon, the President of the United States ordered the voluntary quarantine to be extended by one month and will not end on April 12, as he had said last week, ‘we always have aspirations, but we cannot claim victory before we have victory’ .
The truth is that the positive cases for COVID-19 in the United States grow exponentially, with New York being the world epicenter of infections. This region already shows signs of a shortage of supplies, in addition to an increase in cases requiring hospitalization.
Public health experts reported that the coronavirus pandemic could cause more than 100,000 deaths in the United States and possibly many more if it is not fought with sufficient force. 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.”
The initial 15-day period of social distancing requested by the federal government ends on 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 stricter movement and concentration controls.
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 United States because of the pandemic. Trump’s decision to extend the control measures reflects an acknowledgment that the fight will be long-term.
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.