The United States may be ready to gradually reopen next month, the government's leading infectious disease expert said on Sunday as signs grew that the coronavirus pandemic was at its peak.
President Donald Trump had previously wanted the world's largest economy to be "raring to go" by Easter Sunday, but most of the country stopped and the churches celebrated online to stop the spread of the virus, affecting more than 22,000 The United States killed people.
Trump has made a decision about when to block the presidency's largest, as he faces the competing pressures of public health professionals and companies, as well as some conservative allies who want a quick return to normal business.
Anthony Fauci, the seasoned pandemic expert who has been tacitly looking for infection control measures, said in a television interview that parts of the country could start easing restrictions in May – but was cautious.
"I think it could probably start, at least in some ways, next month," Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN.
"We hope that by the end of the month we can look around and say: OK, is there an element here that we can safely and carefully withdraw?" Fauci said.
"If so, do it. If not, just squat down."
Fauci said regions would be ready at different times instead of the United States turning on like a "light switch".
Stephen Hahn, Commissioner for the Food and Drug Administration, told ABC he was "hopeful" about a reopening on April 1st, but added, "I think it's too early to say that."
Unlike most western countries, lockdown decisions are primarily a matter for local governments, not the president, and leaders of a number of hard-hit, densely populated states have vowed to act as long as necessary.
"We want to reopen as soon as possible," New York governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters. "The limitation is that we have to be smart about reopening."
Neighboring governor of New Jersey, Democratic compatriot Phil Murphy, said that an economic recovery would depend on "a full recovery in health care."
If "we get back on our feet too soon, I'm afraid we could throw gasoline into the fire based on the data we're looking at," Murphy told CBS.
For his part, Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday: "We win and we will win the war against the invisible enemy!"
& # 39; Carefully optimistic & # 39;
The United States has recorded nearly 2,000 coronavirus deaths each day, disproportionately old people with weakened immune systems, and ethnic minorities with less access to health care and teleworking.
The worst-hit New York City reported another 758 coronavirus deaths, Cuomo said.
"You don't see a big drop in numbers, but you do see a flattening," he said.
Fauci also said he was "cautiously optimistic" as hospital and ICU admissions were gradually declining.
The United States, home to 4.25 percent of the world's population, has accounted for nearly a fifth of the nearly 110,000 COVID-19 deaths worldwide since the disease first occurred in China late last year.
The New York Times described Trump in a detailed article published on Sunday as not acting quickly, in part because of the trust in his gut instinct and his distrust of officials, whom he describes as a conspiratorial "deep state".
Fauci, who advised six consecutive presidents, admitted when asked about the article that the US could have saved lives by closing public spaces when the seriousness of the disease became clear earlier this year.
"But there were a lot of setbacks when shutting down," Fauci told CNN, without naming Trump.
Trump soon published an interview in which Fauci said that the United States "did not receive correct information early."
Trump focused on the World Health Organization last week to explain early difficulties. He said the UN organization relied too heavily on China when diseases first appeared in Wuhan.
Trump had hoped to campaign for a strong economy when he sought re-election in November.
Instead, around 17 million people lost their jobs in a few weeks, and his alleged democratic rival Joe Biden hammered him because of his virus reaction.
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