As the coronavirus cases spreads like wildfire in the United States, Dr. Anthony Fauci, a vital member of the country's task force, has warned against an early lifting of lockdown restrictions on Tuesday in the country, asserting that it will trigger an outbreak which will be hard to control leading to "suffering and deaths" which can be avoided.
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Newsweek has contacted the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the White House for comment. Fauci is undergoing self-quarantine after a White House staffer tested positive for COVID-19, the disease the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus causes. Pakistan reported 2,000 new infections in a single day for the first time after the easing of its lockdown saw crowds of people crammed into markets throughout the country.
As well as a two-week "downward trajectory" of cases, it calls for robust testing for at-risk healthcare workers, with asymptomatic cases screened as well, and contacts of positive cases traced. They also said the government hopes to have the ability to conduct 40 to 50 million tests per month, which is around the low end of what experts say is needed to contain the disease. Yet many of those have begun to reopen or are about to do so, including Alabama, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Utah.
"My concern is that if some areas, city, states or what have you, jump over those various checkpoints and prematurely open up without having the capability of being able to respond effectively and efficiently. we will start to see little spikes that might turn into outbreaks", he said.
Trump has said there has been widespread coronavirus testing in the US, more than in any other country, although some reports say that the U.S.is not among the top 20 countries in the number of tests administered on a per capita basis. But experts note that number represents less than 3 percent of all Americans. And our governor, who has done a marvelous job, applies them to the context of our state.
Trump has privately "raised suspicion" about the number of deaths reported across the country, which rose Wednesday to more than 83,000, according to the report. He said the threat of a second coronavirus outbreak is "possible" without a strong testing effort and other measures.
In the USA, the amount of confirmed cases stands at almost 1.4 million with a death toll surpassing 82,000. So far, the coronavirus has killed more than 80,000 people in the United States, the highest death count of any country.
"So I think we're going in the right direction, but the right direction does not mean we have, by any means, total control of this outbreak", Fauci said.
The US's top infectious diseases doctor has warned senators that the "consequences could be really serious" if the country opens up too soon.
The main questions for the administration experts revolve around the "Three T's", or testing, tracing and treatment. Caty Weaver was the editor.
Hai Do adapted this story for Learning English with news reports from the Associated Press and Reuters.