Trump defends extending virus guidelines as spread continues

Anthony Fauci director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases listens to President Donald Trump speak about the coronavirus during a task force news conference at the White House in Washington

Trump brags about high TV viewership of coronavirus briefings

NY has been hit the hardest with the coronavirus outbreak taking a huge toll on the city even as U.S. scientist Anthony Fauci issued a tentative prediction that COVID-19 could claim from 100,000 to 200,000 lives, which Trump described as "horrible". "Take a look.' He looked at them, he understood them and he just shook his head and said, 'I guess we got to do it'".

Trump, who is due to hold a news conference at 5 p.m. ET (2100 GMT), bragged on Twitter about the millions of Americans tuning in to watch the daily briefings.

"It's a awful number", President Trump said, but added: "We all together have done a very good job".

The President says the extension is in hopes to keep the virus from spreading and to reduce the projected death toll.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Friday that Trump's suggestion was "incorrect and grossly uninformed", and that the ventilators are being stored to prepare for when the state's medical facilities exceed their capacity.

Anyone who is elderly or has a serious underlying health condition is advised to stay at home, as those demographic groups are most at risk for contracting covid-19. People are urged to work at home when possible and avoid restaurants, bars, non-essential travel and shopping trips. Alarmed public-health officials said Easter was sure to be too soon.

In the absence of such a step, Trump said, various models have predicted around 2.2 million deaths in the US.

As of March 29, there are at least 125,093 confirmed cases of coronavirus and at least 2,149 deaths, according to the New York Times database.

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That figure is higher than both China and hard-hit Italy, which accounts for a third of the 24,000 deaths worldwide. According to Johns Hopkins University data, 27,333 people have died due to the disease across over 170 countries.

NY is the hotbed of COVID-19 in America right now and Gov. Cuomo is asking for ventilators because MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS have told him that this is what they need. Falwell said 1,900 students returned to campus last week, and more than 800 have since left.

It's genuinely freakish to see a leader in the midst of a deadly crisis prioritize television ratings. "This is the most hurtful President of our time". Total deaths in the USA now stand at 2,112 (444 new).

Americans are now being called on to prepare for another 30 days of severe economic and social disruption, as schools and businesses are closed and public life is upended.

"If you started walling off areas all across the country, it would be totally weird, counterproductive, anti-American, antisocial", New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on CNN, also calling it "a declaration of war on states".

"We're going to have a meeting, speech, press conference or something on Tuesday", he said. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death. President Trump repeatedly cited the flu's comparatively much higher cost in lives in playing down the severity of this pandemic.

But the president backed off previous statements he has made about opening up parts of the country which have not been affected by the virus so far.

On Wednesday, Trump issued an executive order meant to prevent the hoarding and price gouging of essential medical equipment, including ventilators, masks, and chloroquine, a drug in clinical trials to test its viability as a coronavirus treatment.

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