Friday, October 30, 2020

White House coronavirus taskforce warns of 'unrelenting' spread

US is going in ‘wrong direction’ says Fauci as Covid cases rise in 47 states and patients overwhelm hospitals across the US.

 Dr. Anthony Fauci in Washington DC on 23 September. Photograph: Xinhua/Rex/Shutterstock.

The Guardian

The White House coronavirus taskforce is warning of a persistent and broad spread of Covid-19 in the western half of the United States and its members urged aggressive mitigation measures.

“We are on a very difficult trajectory. We’re going in the wrong direction,” said Dr Anthony Fauci, the lead public health official on the taskforce and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Fauci noted that coronavirus cases are rising in 47 states and patients are overwhelming hospitals across the US. As of Thursday, America has recorded nearly 9m cases of the virus and more than 228,000 deaths, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.  Read more >>