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Donald Trump prepares the United States for “two very difficult weeks”

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According to projections presented by Donald Trump and Anthony Fauci, while respecting measures to stem the spread of the virus, the toll of the Covid-19 epidemic could reach 100,000 to 240,000 dead in the coming months. TOM BRENNER / REUTERS

A week earlier, Donald Trump still imagined being able to lift for Easter, April 12, the restrictions adopted to fight against the coronavirus. On Tuesday March 31, the President of the United States, on the contrary, prepared his country for the worst. “ We’re going through two very difficult weeks “, He announced during his daily press conference. ” It will be two very very painful weeks. I want every American to be ready for the difficult days ahead “, He insisted.

Never before has Donald Trump been so alarmist. ” Our country finds itself in the midst of an unprecedented major national ordeal “He said before inviting each citizen to” make sacrifices “And each company to complete its” patriotic duty

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Projections from Chinese and European precedents convinced the head of state, who had often denied or downplayed the threat in February and early March, to issue the warning. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Deborah Birx, coordinator of the federal government’s response, presented the figures on Tuesday. The United States could register between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths from Covid-19 in the coming months.

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“Everything is based on behavior”

These estimates are by no means inevitable, however assured Deborah Birx. ” We really think we can do a lot better than that She said to convince Americans to take their role in preventing the spread of the disease seriously. ” There is no miracle solution “, she added, “There is no magic vaccine, no therapy. It all depends on behavior. Each of our behaviors can change the course of this pandemic. ” Anthony Fauci added: “This is a number that we must anticipate, but we do not necessarily have to accept it as inevitable

Donald Trump extended the measures presented on March 16 to limit travel and gatherings to a minimum until Sunday, April 30, while confinement decisions have so far been taken unilaterally by states. ” The two weeks we spent have a clear effect “Assured Anthony Fauci while the tenant of the White House promised that the Americans will see soon” real light at the end of the tunnel ” At least 3,800 deaths attributed to the virus were reported Tuesday evening.

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