President Trump on Sunday extended federal social distancing guidelines until the end of April.
Social distancing guidelines that have shut down cites across the U.S. have been extended to April 30 as a top U.S. health official warns that 100,000 or more people could die in the US from the novel coronavirus.
Fauci estimates between 100,000 to 200,000 deaths, he told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.” But, he said, that could change.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Sunday that more than 100,000 Americans could die from coronavirus.
“What we’re trying to do is not to let that happen,” Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said Sunday.
“Whenever the models come in, they give a worst-case scenario and a best-case scenario. Generally, the reality is somewhere in the middle,” he said.
As of Sunday evening, there were more than 143,000 cases of coronavirus in the United States, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally. At least 2,500 people have died.
If the death toll stays at or below 100,000 by the end, President Donald Trump said, “we all together have done a very good job.”
The Trump administration issued guidelines March 16 on social distancing to contain the coronavirus outbreak which initially had a 15-day time frame.
Now, the guidelines, which urge Americans to avoid groups of more than 10 and advise older people to stay home, will be extended to April 30.
“On Tuesday, we will be finalizing these plans and providing a summary of our findings, supporting data and strategy to the American people,” Trump said.
Fauci called the extension a “wise and prudent decision” in mitigating the spread of the virus that could reach more than a million people in the country.
In the United States, there are more than 143,000 cases across all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Washington D.C., according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.
At least 2,500 people have died in the U.S., according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.
Globally, the number of cases has surpassed 724,000 with more than 34,000 deaths, Hopkins reports.rom
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