U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that the guidelines in place regarding social distancing had been extended to April 30. He also said modelling estimates show the peak death rate may hit in two weeks and stressed they cannot declare victory “before the victory is won.” Trump claimed if the guidelines are followed, by June 1 they would be on their way to recovery.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, America’s foremost infectious disease expert, called the decision to extend the guidelines was “wise” and that while it can’t be quantified, the mitigation measures are having an effect. He also commented on numbers he gave on CNN’s State of the Union that the country could see approximately 100,000 deaths was possible, but measures currently being taken could prevent that.
Trump also addressed previous comments he made earlier this past week about people possibly dying from an economic recession as a result of COVID-19, saying there would be “massive depression” and there would be people using drugs “like nobody’s ever used them before.”
As of March 29, there were more than 139,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States and over 2,400 deaths.
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