Fauci, Redfield testify on Covid-19 reopening

Fauci doubts effectiveness of coronavirus vaccine in US due to anti-vaxxers

Fauci declined to give a number. A total of 36 states are now seeing an increase in cases compared to the previous week.

"We are now having forty-plus thousand new cases a day".

The US is seeing a surge in coronavirus cases, with roughly 40,000 new ones coming in a day.

State and local leaders have said the rise in cases are in part driven by gatherings, both in homes and in places like bars - which some experts called the ideal breeding ground for the virus. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) about how many deaths and infections Americans should expect before the pandemic ends.

Then Fauci added, "I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around, and so I am very concerned". During testimony before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Tuesday, Fauci said it's hard to precisely predict how bad the spread of the virus will get, but said he believes it will be "very disturbing". "I'm very concerned and I'm not satisfied with what's going on because we're going in the wrong direction if you look at the curves of the new cases, so we really have got to do something about that and we need to do it quickly".

Fauci said areas seeing recent outbreaks are putting the entire nation at risk, including regions that have made progress in reducing COVID-19 cases.

"We saw visually in clips and in photographs of individuals in the community doing an all or none phenomenon, which is unsafe", he said.


Fauci also expressed concerns that some people disregard federal health guidelines on masks and social distancing.

Though he didn't name names, some in the Republican contingent, President Donald Trump among them, have been downplaying the severity of the pandemic and accusing those businesses and political leaders who enforce precautions like mask-wearing to be infringing on their freedoms.

"Clearly we are not in total control right now", Fauci told the committee, warning that far worse conditions are ahead without new efforts to tamp down spread.

President Trump, who refuses to wear a mask at public events and in the past has mocked his rivals for wearing them, has signalled he wants to move on from the coronavirus crisis and focus on his re-election campaign.

Earlier today: The World Health Organization confirmed in an email to CNN on Tuesday that agency officials are carefully reading the new data that has emerged on the swine flu virus.

Dr Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), warned that the USA is not responding like other countries who have shown success in containing the coronavirus, and has allowed the virus to spread much more widely and rapidly.

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