Wednesday, April 1, 2020

'The surge is coming': President Trump warns of 'very painful two weeks'

President Trump warned the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is yet to come.
At a White House briefing on Tuesday, the president, flanked by members of his coronavirus task force, shared grim estimates for the coronavirus “plague” that is sweeping across the nation and leaving thousands dead in its wake.
Although the federal government has been giving out medical equipment to states in need, some of that stockpile is being withheld for when the number of coronavirus cases is expected to jump.
“We’re giving massive amounts of medical equipment and supplies to the 50 states. We also are holding back quite a bit,” Trump said. “We have almost 10,000 ventilators that we have ready to go. We have to hold them back because the surge is coming, and it’s coming pretty strong, and we want to be able to immediately move it into place without going and taking it.”
Striking a solemn tone, Trump urged people to brace themselves, particularly for the next couple weeks.
“I want every American to be prepared for the hard days that lie ahead. We’re going to go through a very tough two weeks,” the president said, adding later that there will soon be "real light at the end of the tunnel.”
“But this is going to be a very painful, a very, very painful two weeks,” he said.
Deborah Birx, the response coordinator for the White House coronavirus task force, presented a number of graphics and explained that current projections show that, if full mitigation efforts are implemented, 100,000 to 240,000 U.S. citizens are projected to die during the pandemic. Without mitigation efforts, that estimate balloons to 1 million to 2 million dead.
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