(CNN) — The nation’s top infectious disease expert said Sunday that the United States is “struggling” to get the coronavirus crisis under control and that to say otherwise “would be a false statement.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Americans in an interview on CBS that “it is going to be a bad week” ahead as there is an escalation in cases, but that “within a week” or so the number of cases should start to flatten out.
“Are you saying, doctor, despite the deaths that we may see, that mitigation is working, and that you do have this outbreak under control?” CBS’ Margaret Brennan asked Fauci.
“I will not say we have it under control, Margaret. That would be a false statement. We are struggling to get it under control, and that’s the issue that’s at hand right now,” Fauci replied.
He continued: “The thing that’s important is that what you see is increases in new cases, which then start to flatten out. But the end result of that you don’t see for days or weeks down the pipe.”
Fauci said that it was crucial for the coronavirus to get “globally under control,” or it could become a seasonal issue. He also said that efforts to obtain a vaccine and the beginning of clinical trials will hopefully mean the US is more prepared if there is a resurgence of the virus.
As of Sunday morning, there were at least 312,000 known cases of the novel coronavirus in the US and more than 8,500 people have died, according to a tally by researchers at Johns Hopkins University.
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U.K. government extends national lockdown for at least three more weeks to slow country’s coronavirus outbreak.
NHS VOLUNTEERS TO START BEGIN WORK TUESDAY
Hundreds of thousands of NHS Volunteer Responders will tomorrow be able to ‘report for duty’ to relieve pressure on the NHS.
Thousands of volunteers will be sent tasks Tuesday via an app, the tasks are posted by health professionals, pharmacists and local authorities.
Catherine Johnstone CBE, Chief Executive at Royal Voluntary Service said:
“During the coming weeks and months they will be called upon to help those who are vulnerable and at risk who are self-isolating for their own protection. Not only will this help to relieve pressure on the NHS – but it will also save lives.”
Volunteers will be carrying out tasks to aid 2.5 million at risk people by;
· delivering medicines from pharmacies
· driving patients to appointments
· bringing them home from hospital
· making regular phone calls to check on people isolating at home
· transporting medical supplies and equipment for the NHS
The Duchess of Cornwall, President of the Royal Voluntary Service thanked the 750,000 people who signed up to volunteer;
“As the proud President of the Royal Voluntary Service, I wanted to send my warmest thanks to all the NHS Volunteer Responders who have come forward in unprecedented numbers to offer help to the NHS..”
She also thanked NHS workers;
“Everyone working in the NHS is under unimaginable pressure day and night in this crisis. I feel sure that the presence of so many wonderful volunteers will encourage, as well as support, them. I salute each one of you – and thank you with all my heart.”
The Duchess of Cornwall also did a ‘check in and chat’ call with Doris Winfiele, 85 from Hertfordshire. Doris who lives alone and has been self-isolating for the last two weeks said:
“Having a chat with HRH The Duchess of Cornwall meant the world to me. I’ve been incredibly lonely over the last couple of weeks and it was wonderful to talk to her. We talked about life in isolation and shared hobbies, she was very interested in my family and how I was coping without them. It’s really cheered me up!”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson in intensive care
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to hospital for tests, Downing Street has said.
Prime Minister Johnson has had coronavirus for ten days and continued to have persistent symptoms, including a high temperature.
A Downing Street spokesperson said:
“On the advice of his doctor, the Prime Minister has tonight been admitted to hospital for tests.
“This is a precautionary step, as the Prime Minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus ten days after testing positive for the virus.
“The Prime Minister thanks NHS staff for all of their incredible hard work and urges the public to continue to follow the Government’s advice to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.”
Buckingham Palace says the Queen is being ‘kept informed’ by No10 on the Prime Minister’s condition.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock
https://twitter.com/MattHancock/status/1247259244182806528?s=20Chancellor Rishi Sunak
Labour Leader Keir Starmer
First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon
Mayor Of London Sadiq Khan
Ivanka Trump, Daughter Of President Trump
My thoughts and prayers are with @BorisJohnson and his family.— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) April 6, 2020
Godspeed Mr. Prime Minister!
Former Prime Minister Theresea May
My thoughts and prayers are with @BorisJohnson and his family as he continues to receive treatment in hospital.— Theresa May (@theresa_may) April 6, 2020
This horrific virus does not discriminate. Anyone can get it. Anyone can spread it. Please #StayHomeSaveLives
Former Prime Minister David Cameron
President of France Emmanuel Macron
Leader Of The Brexit Party Nigel Farage