Trump says coronavirus cases will peak at Easter as ‘next hotspots’ Chicago, Detroit and LA brace for storm – The Sun

DONALD Trump today said coronavirus cases will peak around Easter as Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles brace to be some of the nation's next hotspots.

The President's comments came after he extended social distancing guidelines to the end of April – a month beyond the original 15-day timeline.

“We’re doing a lot of things and we don’t want to [ease restrictions] too soon,” Trump said in an interview with Fox & Friends.

“Around Easter, that's going to be the highest point, we think.”

Trump added that he believes that by the end of next month, the U.S. will see an improvement.

"We think April 30 is a day where we can see some real progress," he told Fox.

"And we expect to see that, short of June 1, we think the death – it’s a terrible thing to say – will be brought to a very low number.”

New York is the nation's current coronavirus hotspot – with over 60,000 of the more than 143,000 confirmed cases across the U.S.

In coming weeks, however, Governor Cuomo said New York is expecting to see a decline after it hits a peak.

Other U.S. cities – like Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, and New Orleans – are preparing for the worst.

Former U.S. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb expressed concern over other areas that are already seeing a rise in cases.
"I’m worried about emerging situations in New Orleans, Dallas, Atlanta, Miami, Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia, among others," Gottlieb said in a tweet Thursday.

"In China no province outside Hubei ever had more than 1,500 cases.

"In U.S. 11 states already hit that total. Our epidemic is likely to be national in scope."

Projections shared by Gottlieb late Sunday show that Chicago, LA Country, Detroit, New Orleans, and Miami are the top five cities with increasing COVID-19 spread.

"At this time, the trajectory of Detroit is unfortunately even more steep than that of New York,” Dr. Teena Chopra, the medical director of infection prevention and hospital epidemiology at the Detroit Medical Center told the Associated Press.

U.S Surgeon General Jerome Adams also said that three major cities are bracing for a surge in cases in coming days.

"We also see hot spots like Detroit, like Chicago, like New Orleans that will have a worse week next week than what they had this week," he told Gayle King on CBS This Morning.

Following the Mardi Gras celebration which draws more than one million visitors a year, Louisiana is preparing for a surge in New Orleans.

Dr. Rebekah Gee, who oversees Louisiana State University’s health care services division, told Reuters the Mardi Gras celebration was a "perfect storm" for virus spread.

"We shared drink cups. We shared each other’s space in the crowds. People were in close contact catching beads," she said.

“It is now clear that people also caught coronavirus,” she added.

As many major cities prepare for a spike in cases, Trump said on Fox & Friends that if social distancing measures had not been implemented around the nation, that far more deaths would have occurred based on experts' projections.

"If we.. just kept business as usual.. 2.2 million people could have died," Trump said.

"Between 1.6 and 2.2 million people – it could have been more than that," he added.

The President added that in extending the guidelines, officials hope more lives can be saved.

"We want to do something where we have the least death. And that’s what we’re doing," he said.

Some have argued, however, that the virus was not taken seriously enough in early days when the first few cases occurred around the U.S.

Trump's comments on Fox & Friends reflected similar statements made at a press conference Sunday, when he said the U.S. peak is "likely to hit in two weeks."

He also said that if deaths are kept around 100,000, the nation will "have done a great job."

Trump also said on Fox & Friends that a new coronavirus test that can give results in as little as five minutes could be a game-changer.

"That's coming out soon, like almost immediately," Trump told Fox & Friends of the new COVID-19 test from Abbott Laboratories.

"The new test – it's easier, simpler and quick. You're going to know your result right away," he added.

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