Coronavirus: US has ‘serious problem’, says Fauci2 min read

-Azra Rizvi

The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr Anthony Fauci says that the United States has a “serious problem” as 16 states are shocked by a spike in COVID-19 cases.

On Friday, the infectious disease chief stated that the White House coronavirus task force was actually contemplating pool testing for Covid-19 and admitted to The Washington Post that the Trump administration’s present testing strategy had proved to be insufficient.

Dr. Fauci told CNN that the suggestion was still being discussed and it was not announced during Friday’s task force press briefing. Dr Anthony Fauci says that the United States has a “serious problem” as 16 states are shocked by a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Dr. Fauci said that the only way they were going to end that was by ending that together. Health experts have suggested that more must be done to prevent the rapid spread of the coronavirus while on the other hand Vice-President praised the United States’ “progress.”

On Friday, more than 40,000 new COVID-19 cases were recorded over the United States. According to data given by Johns Hopkins University, the United States recorded its highest daily total so far with a total of 40,173 cases which exceeded the record which was set only the day before.

According to Johns Hopkins University, the United States has 2,467,837 confirmed cases and 125,039 deaths related to coronavirus, highest in the world.

Mr. Trump has continuously underplayed the need for increased testing and he had also suggested last week that he asked for testing to be slowed down while the nation is experiencing a sharp rise in confirmed cases exhibiting the nation’s inability thus far to control the spiraling pandemic.

The White House suggested millennials to get tested, even if they were asymptomatic. Mr Pence said that the President had requested the task force to address the American people during the sharp increase in infections and hospital admissions across southern and western states.
The plan of reopening Texas, Florida, and Arizona has been stopped due to the increase in cases.

US health officials have estimated the actual number of cases is probably 10 times higher than the reported figure.

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