The country will not be open by Easter, President Donald Trump conceded on Sunday, as the White House extended its coronavirus social distancing guidelines until at least the end of April.
The decision came as the coronavirus statistics from the United States are increasingly grim: More than 140,00 cases nationwide and more than 2,500 deaths as of March 29. New York state alone has recorded more than 59,500 cases and more than 1,000 deaths as of March 29.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the federal governmentâ??s top infectious disease specialist, said over the weekend that the US could see more than 100,000 deaths during the course of the pandemic. That seems to have gotten Trumpâ??s attention.
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â??If we can hold that down, as weâ??re saying to 100,000, itâ??s a horrible number, maybe even less, but to 100,000, so we have between [100,000] and 200,000, we all together have done a very good job,â?쳌 the president said at a press conference Sunday.
And while April 30 might still be an ambitious end date to the coronavirus crisis, thereâ??s at least something to look forward to next year: The new date for the Tokyo Olympics is now July 23, 2021.
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Trump extends social distancing guidelines through April 30
What began as â??15 days to slow the spreadâ?쳌 of coronavirus is now more than a month. On Sunday, President Trump said the federal government would extend its social distancing guidelines until ...