Trump ditches hopes of quick virus bounce-back for US


US President Donald Trump on Sunday (march 29) extended his stay-at-home guidelines until the end of April, dropping a hotly criticised plan to get the economy up and running by mid-April after a top medical adviser said more than 100,000 Americans could die from the coronavirus outbreak.

After seeing the amount of confirmed cases in the USA double in the space of two days, Trump said: "The modelling estimates that the peak in death rate is likely to hit in two weeks".

During a rambling, meandering interview on "Fox and Friends", Trump explained his decision to push the social distancing guidelines to April 30 instead of Easter, as he had originally planned.

On Sunday, Trump said he hoped the country will be on its way to recovery by June 1. "I've seen things that I've never seen before". States across the country already have their own restrictions in place that, in many cases, are far stricter than the administration's, and those would have remained in place.

"If you started walling off areas all across the country, it would be totally freaky, counterproductive, anti-American, antisocial", New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on CNN, also calling it "a declaration of war on states". The deduction was eliminated in 2017, but Trump said he wanted to restore it "so companies can send people to restaurants".

"If you look throughout the country there are a number of smaller cities that are sort of percolating along, couple hundred cases, the slope doesn't look like it's going up", Fauci said.

The governors of at least 21 states - representing more than half the U.S. population of 330 million - told residents to stay home and close non-essential businesses.

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Senior US scientist Dr Anthony Fauci issued a cautious prediction on Sunday that the novel coronavirus could claim as many as 200,000 lives in the United States, as state and local officials described increasingly desperate shortages in hard-pressed hospitals.

Writing for the New Yorker, Susan Glasser argued the other day that Trump's mendacious press briefings on the coronavirus "will go down in history for their monumental flimflammery". "My daughter, an ICU nurse at a New York City hospital, is one of them", Raske said.

"At the risk of offending my modeling colleagues, models are good, but models often generate the kind of anxious question that you asked, is how bad could this possibly get".

In December 2018, Donald Trump met with congressional leaders in the Oval Office, where the president vowed to take ownership of an upcoming government shutdown. The president added that the television ratings for the meeting were "great". "We need some assistance and we're going to need thousands of ventilators", Whitmer told CNN. And, maybe worst of all, he told the Veep not to return the calls of the governors of MI and Washington State because they weren't grateful enough.

New Orleans will run out of ventilators about April 4, John Bel Edwards told CBS.

Trump had abandoned the custom of having regular press briefings at the White House, but brought them back this month to update the public on his coronavirus task force.