Coronavirus task force presents a bleak landscape

When asked how the government predicted the death toll, Trump gave his medical expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci from the National Institutes of Health and Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House, the Word of the Briefing Room of the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator.

“I would like Dr. Fauci or Deb to come and say – I mean, I have the numbers, but I would rather have them say the numbers if you don’t mind,” Trump told a reporter. “It’s a big question.”

Fauci and Birx both emphasized that the models were likely to be skewed by the flood of cases in states like New York and New Jersey, and provided other graphs that showed that the infection rate per 100,000 people in these two states was significantly higher than in the rest of the country.

“We don’t accept this number, that’s what it will be,” said Fauci of the 100,000 to 240,000 numbers. “We will do everything we can to make it significantly lower.”

Still, he added, “I don’t want it to be a mixed message – that’s what we have to anticipate, but that doesn’t mean that we will accept it.” We want to do much, much better. “

days later Bragging rights On Twitter about the reviews that his daily briefings at the White House brought, a somber Trump opened the briefing on Tuesday by emotionally talking about healthcare workers at the front of the outbreak and the grim scene in New York hospitals – the epicenter of – said the outbreak and where Trump was born and has spent most of his life.

The president officially unveiled his Expansion of federal recommendations for social distancing for another month to reverse his statement from a week ago that he wanted parts of the country reopened by mid-April.

“I want every American to be prepared for the hard days ahead. We have had two very difficult weeks, “said the President, adding,” hopefully … we will see real light at the end of the tunnel. “

Until then, he warned, “This will take two, very painful two weeks.”

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