Leading U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci on Tuesday warned Congress that a premature lifting of lockdowns could lead to additional outbreaks of the deadly coronavirus, which has killed 80,000 Americans and brought the economy to its knees.
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Trump, who previously made the strength of the economy central to his pitch for his November re-election, has encouraged states to reopen businesses that had been deemed non-essential amid the pandemic.
Fauci said eight coronavirus vaccines are being developed in the U.S.
President Trump claimed that the USA had "prevailed" in testing people for coronavirus infections in a news conference on Monday.
"Our Testing is the BEST in the World, by FAR!" "Numbers (of coronavirus cases) are coming down in most parts of our Country, which wants to open and get going again. It is happening, safely!"
But a frequent critic of Trump, Republican Sen.
The answer, he said, is testing.
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Fauci said his "modified quarantine" will consist of him staying at home as much as possible and teleworking for the next 14 days. Fauci said he may consider venturing to his office at the National Institutes of Health, where he would be the only one working.
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But the Buffalo area, the Capital Region, the Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island were all meeting fewer of the goals. There have been 64 cases in Montgomery County with four deaths, and Schoharie County has 45 cases, with one death.
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Mr Musk wrote on Twitter that Tesla had been "singled out", saying that other U.S. carmakers were allowed to restart production . The governor has repeatedly said that counties can impose restrictions that are more stringent than state orders.
The Senate health committee's chairman, Republican Lamar Alexander, is chairing the hearing remotely from his home in Tennessee (with his dog Rufus in the background on a couch) because one of his staffers tested positive for COVID-19.
With the USA economy in free-fall and more than 30 million people unemployed, Trump has been pressuring states to reopen.
He said 240 testing sites are now open in the USA and that another 12.9 million people will be tested over the next four weeks. "I must warn that there is also the possibility of negative consequences, where certain vaccines can actually enhance the negative effect of the infection". "It's unacceptable that we still don't have a national strategic plan to make sure testing is free, fast, and everywhere".
Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, as well as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield and Food and Drug Administration chief Stephen Hahn are self-quarantining because of exposure to a White House staffer who tested positive for the coronavirus.
During his hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Dr. Anthony Fauci and his fellow health officials denied the existence of any rift between themselves and President Donald Trump.
Fauci was expected to warn the committee of "needless suffering and death" if states skip over checkpoints in administration guidelines for reopening the USA, according to an email he sent to The New York Times yesterday.
"If we do not respond in an adequate way, when the fall comes, given that it is without a doubt that there will be infections that will be in the community, then we run the risk of having a resurgence", he said Tuesday. That's something that President Trump has, at times, downplayed the importance of.
At one point early on this year, Trump assured Americans the disease would soon be gone. But as of May 11, South Korea - whose population is one-sixth that of the U.S. - had 256 deaths compared to more than 81,000 in the U.S. That means the U.S. death rate per capita is more than 45 times greater, Kaine said, adding that the U.S. rate is "nearly three times the death rate in Germany and twice as high as Canada's rate". Miller is the spokesperson for the Coronavirus Task Force, of which Fauci is a member.