Coronavirus: Top doctor's 'very disturbing' warning as new epicentres emerge

  • Coronavirus: Top doctor's 'very disturbing' warning as new epicentres emerge

Coronavirus: Top doctor's 'very disturbing' warning as new epicentres emerge

In remarks before the Senate Health Committee, Fauci said the country is clearly headed in the "wrong direction" considering the "average number of daily cases" continues to rise.

The country reported more than 40,000 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, its biggest daily jump yet. "I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around", he told the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, which convened to discuss plans for reopening schools and work offices that have been shuttered by the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

Fauci's comments comes as the world surpassed 500,000 coronavirus deaths on Sunday. A total of 36 states are now seeing an increase in cases compared to the previous week.

On Tuesday, Governor Cuomo added more people to the list of travellers who must self-quarantine for 14 days if they enter the state.

Baker said the infection rate in MA is just under 2%, which represents about a 93% decline since the middle of April.

Fauci and three other members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force acknowledged the social and economic damage done by the shutdown and implored Americans to take the basic precautions - wearing a mask, washing hands and practicing social distancing - to make a safe reopening possible. "Maintain physical distancing, wear a face covering whenever you can't physically distance, wash your hands, stay at home if you feel sick". "Perhaps in some, they're going too quickly and skipping over some of the checkpoints, but even in states which the leadership in the form of the governors and mayors did it right, with the right recommendations, what we saw visually in clips and in photographs of individuals in the community doing an all-or-none phenomena, which is unsafe".

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday launched a fresh attack on US President Donald Trump's "historic mismanagement" of the pandemic. American Airlines Group Inc.'s announcement on Friday that it would resume selling flights to capacity on July 1 rather than capping passengers to keep them socially distanced caused "substantial disappointment" among public health officials, he said.

More than 2.6 million COVID-19 cases have been reported in the United States with the fatalities surpassing 126,000 as of Tuesday afternoon, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

In Texas, many eyes are on Houston hospitals, where beds are quickly filling up with COVID-19 patients.

As for reopening schools, Fauci said institutions may need to consider online classes or staggered schedules to safely bring students back.

Several drugmakers are racing to complete clinical trials of vaccine candidates, with some expecting to wrap up in months studies that under previous circumstances have tended to take years.

Lawmakers also pressed for what Sen Patty Murray of Washington, the committee's top Democrat, called a national vaccine plan - to be sure the race for the COVID-19 vaccine ends with shots that really are safe, truly protect and are available to all Americans who want, one. That's less effective than many of today's vaccines but independent experts say that would be a good start against the virus.