US President Donald Trump said on Saturday that the United States is heading into what could be its “toughest weeks” as coronavirus cases escalate nationwide. He warned states not to increase their needs for essential medical equipment.
“Unfortunately there will be many deaths. There will be deaths, “said Trump in a grim start to his daily pandemic briefing.
Trump was joined by Vice President Mike Pence, coordinator of the virus task force, Dr. Deborah Birx, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the United States’ most advanced expert on infectious diseases. Everyone stood far apart from each other on the small stage.
Trump said the goal was to be several days ahead of critical medical needs in each state. But he also suggested that states request more medical supplies than necessary.
“Fears of the shortage have led to increased demands,” said Trump.
Louisiana officials said New Orleans was about to run out of fans next week. Governor Andrew Cuomo, DN.Y., whose state is at the epicenter of the national pandemic with more than 113,700 cases confirmed on Saturday morning, pleaded for ventilators for days and lambasted what he said was a insufficient federal government assistance. New York is about to receive more than 1,100 fans from China and Oregon.
Trump also reviewed a familiar message, saying he wanted the economy to be up and running as soon as possible. At one point during the ongoing epidemic, Trump said he had hoped to open businesses by Easter April 12. He later admitted that this was not possible, yielding to April after seeing increasing projections of deaths.
“We must defeat the virus as quickly as possible. … We have to go back to work, ”he said.
The number of people infected in the United States has exceeded 300,000, the death toll has exceeded 8,100; more than 3,500 of these deaths occurred in New York.
Much of the country has been ordered to stay at home, including professional sports leagues which were among the first to respond to the pandemic.
Trump sat down with the country’s sporting league commissioners on Saturday. He said he told them he recognized “the good work of many teams and players” in caring for their communities and supporters in the face of the epidemic.
The virus has decimated the world of sport with the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League suspending their seasons indefinitely and Major League Baseball postponing the start of its season.
The NCAA basketball tournament was also canceled, as were university spring sports such as baseball and softball, lacrosse and athletics.
A wide range of sport leaders participated in the call, including Roger Goodell of the National Football League and Adam Silver of the NBA. Trump called on them to continue their efforts to support their fellow Americans.
Before the briefing, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Criticized Trump’s decision to appoint “one of his own lawyers,” as Inspector General overseeing federal assistance during the recovery coronavirus.
She said the watchdog watching “this historic rescue package for workers and families must be independent of politics”.
Trump has appointed Brian Miller to the Treasury Department surveillance post. He is currently the President’s Special Assistant and Deputy Senior Advisor to the White House.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is overseeing the government’s plan to inject $ 2.2 trillion into the US economy over the next few weeks to try to cushion the downfall. The aid includes $ 349 billion in small business loans and a $ 500 billion business rescue fund.
Legislation signed by Trump last week created the position of Special Inspector General as well as a group appointed by Congress to monitor how aid is deployed.
Pelosi said that Trump ignored the provisions of the law that would hold the administration accountable. She said a new House committee on responding to viruses would work to ensure that “taxpayers’ money is used wisely and effectively to help workers and not be exploited by profiteers and fraudsters.”
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, which go away within two to three weeks. For some, especially the elderly and people with existing health conditions, this can cause more serious illnesses, including pneumonia and death.