Daily US Times: Donald Trump has said he believed the next 30 days are very important for flattening the curve to stop the outbreak of coronavirus.
Yesterday, the President extended social distancing guidelines by another 30 days, to April 30.
“Every one of us has a role to play in winning this war. Every citizen, family, and business can make the difference in stopping the virus,” Trump Speaking at Monday’s Coronavirus Task Force briefing at the White House, “This is our shared patriotic duty. Challenging times are ahead for the next 30 days.”
The US has reported nearly 3000 deaths and confirmed 16,000 cases so far.
New York City is the worst-hit place in America, which is also thought to be the epicenter of the outbreak in the country.
According to Johns Hopkins University data, nearly 1,000 people died in the city.
The city faces 33,000 cases and most of the businesses and public gatherings are banned there. Police can issue fines of $250-500 (£200-£400).
Last week, the US became the country with the most reported cases, ahead of Italy and China.
What did the president say?
Mr Trump informed the reporters that at least 10 American companies are now making the ventilators, and ”honestly, other countries – they’ll never be able to do it.”
When he was asked that there would be enough ventilators for all patients in the US during the peak, Trump replied: “I think we gonna be in a very good shape.” Experts predicted peak in infections in two weeks’ time.
More than a million Americans had been tested for the virus, which in Trump’s words “more than any other country by far. Not even close”.
He accused a reporter who pointed out that South Korea had tested proportionally more people when measured by population size of negativity, adding that he should be congratulated on his administration’s progress in fighting the virus.
South Korea was one of the worst-hit countries in the earlier days of coronavirus pandemic. But the country controlled the outbreak by testing as many as people possible. Nearly 20,000 people had been tested in the country every day.
Mr Trump also claimed that some governors were “hoarding” critical medical equipment and that items including face masks were being stolen from hospitals. He gave no evidence for either claim.
A CNN journalist asked the president whether his previous comments downplaying the threat of the outbreak were wrong, the president responded that they were “all true”.
He told the reporter: “I don’t want panic in the country. I could cause panic much better than even you.”
The president applauded doctors in National Doctors Day.
What about the shortage of equipment?
Earlier on Sunday, Mr Trump accused hospitals in some states of “hoarding” critical medical equipment including ventilators and face masks.
He said: “We do have a problem with hoarding… including ventilators. Hospitals need to release them – in some cases, they have too many, they have to release medical supplies and equipment.”
Alleging that some hospitals were ”stocked up”, he said, ”Hospitals “can’t hold [ventilators] if they think there might be a problem weeks down the road.”
The proper supply of ventilators is a major concern among health professionals as demand has surged. A number of states have warned that they will soon not have enough to treat patients suffering from Covid-19.