The President said that the peak in the death rate in the United States from the COVID-19 pandemic will likely come in two weeks. With that being said, he extended guidelines to slow the spread of the deadly illness for 30 days.
“The better you do, the faster this whole nightmare will end,” Pres. Trump said during the White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing. “Therefore, we will be extending our guidelines to April 30 to slow the spread.”
Mr. Trump added that his administration will finalize guidelines for social distancing on Tuesday.
“It’s very important that everyone strongly follow the guidelines,” he added. Moreover, Trump believes the U.S. will be “well on our way to recovery” by June 1.
The President had previously mentioned that he wanted to reopen the U.S. economy by Easter Sunday, which falls on April 12.
“We just felt that (Easter) was too soon. We can’t take a chance,” Pres. Trump said Sunday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has urged Americans to follow social distancing recommendations, which include working from home and limiting social gatherings to no more than 10 people. Those instructions Americans were told to follow for 15 days were set to expire Monday.
“We’re going to have a press conference on Tuesday,” the President added. “We have to do a really great job for another couple of weeks and we’re going to be in great shape. We have to get these restaurants back open, our business back open, the planes flying and the cruise ships moving…People want to work.”
President Trump also highlighted the new treatments being administered to coronavirus patients, including hydroxychloroquine. In addition, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is also allowing critically ill patients to receive an experimental convalescent plasma treatment, which involves taking blood from recovered patients and transfusing it to those who are sick.
The President also defended his approach to dealing with state governors, saying that Vice President Mike Pence, the head of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, has been the administration’s liaison with the governors.
As of Sunday afternoon, there are more than 139,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., with over 2,400 coronavirus-related deaths. In addition, more than three million unemployment claims have been filed nationwide.
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