Trump Coronavirus Task Force “is starting to see glimmers of progress,” but models still show 100,000 American deaths from the virus

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The Trump administration said on Sunday that it “is beginning to see glimmers of progress” in the fight to slow the spread of the coronavirus in the United States and around the world.

“We are starting to see glimmers of progress,” said Vice President Mike Pence during a hasty briefing from the White House Coronavirus task force, adding: “Experts will tell me not to shoot any conclusion, and I’m not. “

Pence said he had spoken to state governors across the country and the data was starting to indicate that the increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases was starting to slow. “If it is true, if it happens, it is because everything you do,” said Pence, referring to the Americans’ compliance with the guidelines on social distancing.

Dr. Deborah Birx, a leading infectious disease expert on the task force, said there were encouraging signs in Spain and Italy, two countries hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

“As you can see from the encouraging signs in Italy and Spain – where we are finally seeing new cases and falling deaths – this gives us hope for what our future may be,” said Birx.

President Donald Trump listens to Dr. Deborah Birx, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, during a briefing of the White House Coronavirus Task Force on Sunday, April 5, 2020, in Washington. (Photo AP / Patrick Semansky)
President Donald Trump listens to Dr. Deborah Birx, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, at a briefing of the White House Coronavirus Task Force on Sunday April 5, 2020 in Washington. (Photo AP / Patrick Semansky)

As of Sunday evening, 131,646 cases of COVID-19 and 12,641 deaths from the virus had been reported in Spain. In Italy, 128,948 cases and 15,887 deaths have been reported.

The United States reported Sunday evening 335,524 confirmed cases of COVID-19, by far the largest in the world, with just under 10,000 deaths from the virus.

“We hope that the last time I came here, I couldn’t say that Italy and Spain were breaking away from their summit,” said Birx.

At the same time, Birx said that the latest projections still show that nearly 100,000 Americans are likely to be killed by COVID-19.

“Dr. [Anthony] Fauci got another update from another modeller and that number came close to that 100,000 number, “said Birx.

President Trump has acknowledged that the coming weeks will see a significant jump in the number of deaths in the United States due to the virus, but the overall trajectory is encouraging. “We see light at the end of the tunnel,” said Trump. ” Things happen. “

“Tomorrow or the next day, it will look really bad,” admitted Fauci, adding that it was not incompatible with a flattening of the curve of new infections, reiterating his frequent point according to which deaths drag infections by two weeks and a half.

While saying that his administration had kept the death toll in the United States as low as possible, the president also acknowledged that the final toll would be difficult to swallow.

“Next week and a half, two weeks are going to be, I think it’s going to be very difficult. At the same time, we understand what they represent and what this time represents, “said Trump.

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