White House extends social distancing guidelines to April 30

Elias Hubbard
March 30, 2020

President Donald Trump says his administration is extending their guidelines on social distancing until April 30, after stating the COVID-19 death rate in the US would likely hit a peak in two weeks.

"The modeling estimates that the peak in death rate is likely to hit in two weeks".

President Trump announced Sunday that a huge cache of desperately-needed coronavirus-fighting supplies has landed in NY. "Unless we continue a very vigorous social distancing program in my state, this will continue to spread like wildfire".

Donald Trump boasted about his TV ratings when "The Apprentice" was on the air, and he's still doing it now that his daily press briefings about the escalating COVID-19 pandemic are being watched by millions of panicked Americans. "That could be the peak number of deaths before it starts coming down", the president said of coronavirus cases around Easter, which is April 12.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, called the extension "a wise and prudent decision".

Americans are advised not to gather in groups larger than 10 people and the elderly are urged to stay home.

The United States has now recorded more than 137,000 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, the most of any country in the world.

According to a tally by Johns Hopkins University, there are almost 140,000 confirmed virus cases in the United States and more than 2,400 people have died.

New York City will need hundreds more ventilators in a few days and more masks, gowns and other supplies by April 5, Mayor Bill de Blasio said to CNN.

"I've been watching that for the last week on television", he said.

"No state, no metro area, will be spared", Birx said.

Fauci's prediction would take the death toll well past that of the average seasonal flu.

When asked by a reporter to expand on his earlier statements that more deaths could occur due to the shutdown of the economy than to coronavirus, the president replied, "it's common sense". Trump repeatedly cited the flu's comparatively much higher cost in lives in playing down the severity of this pandemic. Instead, the White House task force recommended a travel advisory for residents of those states to limit non-essential travel to slow the spread of the virus to other parts of the U.S.

"I don't think it's hoarding".

Ventilators are breathing machines needed by many of those suffering from the pneumonia-like respiratory ailment and many hospitals fear they will not have enough.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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