Washington: The government ’s chief infectious disease expert said on Sunday that with more and more signs of a coronavirus pandemic peaking, the United States may be preparing to gradually reopen it next month.
President Donald Trump had previously hoped that the world ’s largest economy would be “alert” by Easter Sunday, but much of the country is still at a standstill, and churches are celebrating online to stop the deaths of more than 22,000 people The virus spreads in the United States.
Trump has already decided when to relax the blockade. This is the largest tenure in his tenure because he is facing competitive pressure from public health experts and businesses, as well as some conservative allies who want to operate quickly as usual.
Anthony Fauci, a veteran epidemiologist, has been quietly taking action to contain the infection. He said in a TV interview that some parts of the country may begin to relax restrictions in May, but be cautious.
“I think it could probably start at least in some ways maybe next month,” Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN.
“We are hoping by the end of the month we can look around and say, OK, is there any element here that we can safely and cautiously start pulling back on?” Fauci said.
“If so, do it. If not, then just continue to hunker down.”
Fauci said that regions would be ready at different times rather than the United States turning back on like a “light switch.”
Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, told ABC he was “hopeful” about a reopening on April 1 but added: “I think it s too early to be able to tell that.”
Unlike most Western countries, the decision to blockade mainly depends on the local government, not the president, and leaders of many hard-hit, densely populated states have vowed to take the necessary action.
“We want to reopen as soon as possible,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters. “The caveat is we need to be smart in the way we reopen.”
Neighboring New Jersey s governor, fellow Democrat Phil Murphy, said that an economic recovery depended on a “full health-care recovery.”
If “we start to get back on our feet too soon, I fear, based on the data we re looking at, we could be throwing gasoline on the fire,” Murphy told CBS.
Trump, for his part, wrote on Twitter Sunday: “We are winning, and will win, the war on the Invisible Enemy!”