Monday, 30 March 2020 11:32 WIB |
The top U.S. government infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, predicted Sunday that 100,000 or more Americans could die from the coronavirus pandemic, 50 times the current death toll.
Fauci told CNN that the U.S. could have œmillions of cases of COVID-19, a vast spread of the pandemic in the country, where officials now officially count 124,000 confirmed cases and 2,100 deaths, although both figures are rapidly increasing by the day.
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Dr. Thomas Inglesby, director of the Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins University, both rebuffed suggestions by President Donald Trump that the advice to stay home and social distance with other people to prevent the spread of the coronavirus can be eased. Trump suggested last week that U.S. businesses would be œraring to go by Easter Sunday in two weeks.
Fauci said he would only support any easing of anti-coronavirus protections in lesser-impacted regions of the country if there is increased availability of testing to monitor those areas. But he said, œIt's a little iffy there" currently.
Initial U.S. social distancing recommendations to slow the spread of the virus end Monday, but Inglesby told the œFox News Sunday show, œI don™t think we™ve had anywhere near enough time for the restrictions to have an appreciable effect. œWe must hold steady with social distancing.
The pace of the coronavirus toll in the U.S. has been frightening, with the first 1,000 deaths recorded over a month, and the second 1,000 over the last two days.
Source: VOA news