Dr. Fauci said the country is still in the grip of the pandemic’s first wave, including a “disturbing surge” of new cases in Southern and Western states, including Florida, South Carolina, Texas and Arizona. So far, the United States has had more than 2.3 million confirmed cases and more than 121,000 deaths. With about 4% of the world’s population, the United States has had about 25% of the world’s deaths from Covid-19.
New coronavirus cases in the U.S. have surged to their highest level in two months and are now back to where they were at the peak of the outbreak.The U.S. on Tuesday reported 34,700 new cases of the virus, according to a tally compiled by Johns Hopkins University that was published Wednesday. There have been only two previous days that the U.S. has reported more cases: April 9 and April 24, when a record 36,400 cases were logged.
Dr. Anthony Fauci testifying before Congress issued a plea for people to avoid crowds and wear masks just hours before mask-shunning President Trump was set to campaign with his supporters in one hot spot. The White House directed the National Institutes of Health to cancel research how coronaviruses spread, the government’s top infectious disease expert said Tuesday. “Why was it canceled? It was canceled because the NIH was told to cancel it,” said Anthony Fauci, director of the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in response to a question during a House Energy & Commerce Hearing. “I don’t know the reason, but we were told to cancel it.”
Trump, attempting to claim success, has been considering withdrawing the national emergency declared to control the pandemic. The prospect has raised alarms among public health leaders, physicians, hospital officials and others who are trying to control the outbreak.
Fauci and other top health officials also said they have not been asked to slow down virus testing, in contrast to Trump’s public statements last weekend that he had ordered fewer tests be performed because they were uncovering too many infections. Trump also said that he wasn’t kidding when he made that remark.
Steve Schmidt, a longtime Republican strategist and now a founder of the Lincoln Project disagreed. He said that Trump has “brought death, suffering, and economic collapse on truly an epic scale. And let’s be clear. This isn’t happening in every country around the world. This place. Our place. Our home. Our country. The United States. We are the epicenter. We are the place where you’re the most likely to die from this disease. We’re the ones with the most shattered economy. And we are because of the fool that sits in the Oval Office behind the Resolute Desk.”