The US surgeon general said this week is going to be the “hardest and the saddest” for “most Americans’ lives,” describing the upcoming grim period of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States as a “Pearl Harbor moment” and a “9/11 moment.”
“This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment, only it’s not going to be localized, it’s going to be happening all over the country and I want America to understand that,” Vice Admiral Jerome Adams said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Adams continued: “I want Americans to understand that as hard as this week is going to be, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.”
Officials are warning the next two weeks will be crucial in the fight to stop the spread of the virus. Early Sunday, the nationwide death toll had gone up to at least 8,503 people, with at least 312,245 infected, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
While speaking at Saturday’s coronavirus task force briefing at the White House, President Donald Trump said that this week and next will probably be the toughest in the fight against coronavirus and that “there will be a lot of death.”
“This will be probably the toughest week between this week and next week, and there will be a lot of death, unfortunately, but a lot less death than if this wasn’t done but there will be death,” Trump said.
On Sunday, Adams said his message to the governors who have not yet issued stay-at-home orders would be to consider even just a temporary shutdown.
“If you can’t give us a month, give us a week … give us what you can,” Adams said.
Just eight US governors have decided against issuing statewide directives urging their residents to stay at home as the outbreak escalates.
The governors, all of whom are Republican, have offered a variety of explanations for why they have not followed the lead of their colleagues from coast-to-coast.
In doing so, they’ve collectively ignored the stay-at-home pleas of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, who said in a CNN interview: “If you look at what’s going on in this country, I just don’t understand why we’re not doing that.”
Absent a nationwide order, which Trump once again on Saturday declined to give, a patchwork of rules has emerged in all corners of the country that offer conflicting guidance for how citizens should protect themselves and their families from coronavirus.
“We have a thing called the Constitution, which I cherish,” Trump said Saturday, praising the decision of the governors. “Now in some cases we’ll supersede … it depends on the individual state that you’re talking about. … If I saw something wrong, if I saw a massive outbreak, of which there’s not, I would come down very hard.”
When asked about the President’s promotion of hydroxychloroquine as a way to treat Covid-19 despite a lack of firm evidence that it’s safe to do so, Adams said the drug should be available as a last-resort option for extremely ill patients.
“When people are in a tragic situation … we want them to be able to have a conversation with their health care provider about everything that they could possibly do to save their lives,” he said Sunday.
“We feel a little bit better about its safety than a completely novel drug.”
This story has been updated with additional comments from Vice Admiral Jerome Adams’ interview and background information.
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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