On Sunday, Donald Trump announced that his administration was extending social distancing guidelines until April 30.
Just days ago, Trump had stated that he was going to lift the guidelines and open the country back up for business by Easter. He made that announcement despite medical experts warning him that doing so could be catastrophic.
On Friday, Trump told reporters that he would consult with his administration’s top health experts on whether to extend the guidelines or not.
On Sunday, Trump drew back on his statements and stated that the Easter target date was “just an aspiration.” He then added that he expects “great things to be happening” by June 1. Easter would be the “peak numbers” for the coronavirus and that it should “start coming down, hopefully very substantially at that point.”
Trump then added that his administration felt Easter “was too soon” and “we can’t take a chance.” He now feels that June 1 will be “the bottom of the hill.”
Earlier Sunday, Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” and stated that he believes that the coronavirus will kill 100,000 to 200,000 Americans while infecting millions.
“The reason the president made the announcement today about going to the end of April is that we want to make sure that we don’t prematurely think we’re doing so great,” Fauci stated later in the day during Trump’s press briefing.
Trump stated during the briefing “if we can hold that down, as we’re saying, to 100,000, it’s a horrible number, maybe even less, but to 100,000, so we have between 100 and 200,000, we all together have done a very good job,” Trump said.