Just a few days after he said he would like to see the country "open until Easter and it is barely possible," and perhaps sooner or later loosen the rules for at least some parts of the United States, President Trump announced today that he expanded the government's guidelines on social distancing by April 30.
“Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before victory is won. That would be the biggest loss of all, ”he said. "So, in the next two weeks and at this time, it is very important that everyone follows the guidelines closely – he must follow the guidelines that our great Vice President holds very high." He holds it up very high. He believes so strongly in it. The better you do it, the faster this nightmare will end. Therefore, we will extend our guidelines until April 30th to slow down the spread. "
He also noted that we can expect more data and information on the federal government's strategy on Tuesday. "We will make a very important statement on Tuesday."
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said earlier today that we should expect between 100,000 and 200,000 deaths with COVID-19. "The reason the President announced today to go until the end of April is because we want to make sure we don't think ahead of time that we're doing so well." We may be, but we want to push it to the limit, ”said Fauci, who described the decision as“ wise and prudent, ”at today's press conference.
And while Trump said he wanted to open the country as soon as possible and get the economy going again, it now looks like – at least for now – this schedule has been postponed when he heard Fauci and his job force him to do so Advice from Deborah Birx.
The new date he mentioned today is June 1st.
"We can expect to be on our way to recover by June 1st," he said today. “We believe that many great things will happen by June 1st. I want every citizen in our country to have courage and confidence in the fact that we have the best medical minds in the world to fight this disease. "
At the moment, according to Trump, mortality rates are likely to peak in two weeks. The original campaign "15 days to slow the spread" started just under two weeks ago, on March 15th.