Trump hopes the virus will level off in hot spots; advisors take a moderate view

WASHINGTON: President Donald on Sunday expressed hope that the United States was seeing a leveling of the crisis at some of the nation's hot spots, but some of its top medical advisers took a more moderate view.

New York, the hardest hit state, reported Sunday that, for the first time in a week, deaths had decreased slightly from the previous day, but there were still almost 600 new deaths and more than 7,300 new cases.

Maybe it's a good sign, Trump told reporters at a White House briefing, referring to the drop in deaths in NY .

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While Trump cited those numbers as an indication that Americans were beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel, Anthony Fauci, a member of Trump's coronavirus task force, said it took weeks for efforts like social distancing and staying in home. house orders to stop the spread of the virus.

When asked if his and other experts' bleak projections of an increasing death toll did not agree with Trump, he did not directly contradict the president, who has been accused by critics of often having a more positive opinion than justified by the facts.

What you are hearing about the potential light at the end of the tunnel does not take away from the fact that tomorrow, the next day, it will look really bad, Fauci told reporters.

The United States faces a critical week in the coronavirus crisis, and the United States Surgeon General warned Sunday: This will be the most difficult and saddest week in the lives of most Americans, frankly.

But some governors still balked at issuing orders to stay home, and a handful of churches held great services on Palm Sunday.

Most states have ordered residents to stay at home, except for essential trips to curb the spread of the virus in the United States, where more than 335,000 people tested positive and more than 9,500 died, according to a Reuters count. .

White House medical experts have predicted that 100,000 to 240,000 Americans could die in the pandemic, even if radical orders to stay home are followed.

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday that new hospitalizations had fallen by 50% over the previous 24 hours, but he cautioned it was not yet clear whether the crisis was reaching a plateau in the state, which has 4,159 deaths and more than 122,000 cases.

Places like Pennsylvania, Colorado and Washington D.C. are starting to see an increase in deaths.

We hope to see a leveling off on the hottest spots of all, Trump said. But he added: You can never be happy when so many people die.

Trump also said the United States was a long way from developing coronavirus vaccines. We'll see what happens, he said. But he did not offer details.