Birx warns of worrying increase in coronavirus cases in 12 cities


White House coronavirus task force coordinator Deborah Birx said in a private meeting with local and state health officials that the task force was tracking the rise of the virus in 12 U.S. cities.“There are cities that are lagging behind and we have further increases in Miami, New Orleans, Las Vegas, San Jose, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Columbus and Baltimore, so we follow that very, “Birx said in the audio, first obtained by the nonprofit Center for Public Integrity.” We are working with state officials to make sure we respond together, but when you first see this heightened positivity of the test, that’s when to start mitigation efforts.

“I know it might sound small, and you can tell that only went from 5 to 5.5 [percent], and we’ll wait and see what happens, “she added.” If you wait another three to four, even five days, you will start to see a dramatic increase in cases. It is therefore essential to find and find these very first individuals. ”

Local officials in cities where test positivity rates are on the rise, Birx said on Wednesday’s call, should practice aggressive mitigation measures.

However, two sources close to the call told CNN that at least two of the mentioned cities, Baltimore and New Orleans, were not represented on the call, and health officials were unaware that this was taking place, with Baltimore officials only learning that their city was of particular concern when media asked for their comment.

President TrumpDonald John Trump Trump says he would be comfortable sending his son and grandchildren to school in person White House field cafeteria worker tests positive for COVID-19: Republicans expected to start unveiling the coronavirus package on Thursday MORE has frequently expressed optimism about the trajectory of the pandemic, repeatedly suggesting that it could “go away.” However, he conceded this week at a press briefing that it “will probably, unfortunately, get worse before it gets better.”

White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said CNN Birx’s comments were in line with the president’s own public statements.

“This does not depart from what the president said yesterday,” he said. “The virus is still with us, we have states and subways with significant epidemics, and we need to take this incredibly seriously. “


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