Trump Extends Virus Guidelines, Braces U.S. for Large Death Toll

March 30, 2020

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President Trump bowed to public-health experts on Sunday and extended social distancing guidelines across the U.S. through the end of April. The AP notes that Trump had previously proclaimed he wanted to reopen the country by Easter Sunday on April 12, but has now characterized that idea as "aspirational." As the president noted, projection models are indicating that millions of Americans could be infected with COVID-19 and more that 100,000 could die in the coming weeks. Trump now says the country would be doing well if it “can hold” the number of deaths “down to 100,000,” and that the best case for the country would be for the death rate to peak in about two weeks. Dr. Anthony Fauci called Trump's about-face “a wise and prudent decision.”