Trump extends social distancing and guidelines until April 30 to keep U.S. coronavirus deaths below 100,000
President Donald Trump extended the National Social Isolation Guidelines until April 30 to prevent catastrophic worst-case deaths in the U.S. with coronavirus deaths.
Trump’s announcement canceled his previous remarks that he wanted the country to reopen before Easter. Public health experts warn that easing restrictions before Easter on April 12 will lead to unnecessary deaths and economic losses.
Trump said at an evening news conference that coronavirus mortality is likely to peak in two weeks. “Nothing is worse than announcing victory before it is won,” he said. The president claimed Sunday that Easter was just a “wish,” and he hoped the country would “recover the economy well” by June 1.
Trump said his administration is expanding guidelines to avoid major deaths. The president noted that the model would predict 2.2 million deaths in the United States if severe measures were not taken to mitigate the outbreak. Trump said the government is working to keep the estimated death toll below 100,000.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 29, 2020
“So, as we said, if we can reduce this number to 100,000, it is a terrible number, or even lower, but to 100,000, then our number is between 100 and 200,000, and we all do Very good. “Trump said.
Earlier in the day, White House Health Advisor Dr. Anthony Fossey said the country could see up to 200,000 deaths and millions of infections, although he warned that the numbers were model-based and inconclusive .
According to Johns Hopkins University, there are approximately 140,000 confirmed cases in the United States and at least 2,400 people have died.
Although Trump can issue federal guidelines, the president has no power to decide whether the country can be reopened because these decisions are made by the governor on a state-by-state basis. Trump administration guidelines recommend that people stay mainly at home and avoid groups of more than 10 people.
States across the country have ordered residents to stay mostly indoors, while schools, restaurants and other businesses are closed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has urged residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to avoid unnecessary travel within 14 days.
Trump also claimed on Sunday that hospitals and medical staff were arduously building ventilators, and that they were in short supply nationwide. The president did not cite any evidence to support the request, nor was it clear what facilities he was referring to.
As hospitals see a large influx of patients, city and state officials have been calling for more medical supplies.
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REF : nbc.com