The top infectious disease experts in America have told lawmakers that the country is seeing a “disturbing surge” in coronavirus cases in some states.
A group of health officials, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, said if the outbreak is not controlled in the next few days, the country could see deaths spike.
This testament comes After President Trump made an announcement at a rally in Oklahoma that he had asked for testing to be slowed to keep the count low for official cases. Also Read–Brazil may surpass the US in the number of Covid-19 cases
“To my knowledge, none of us have ever been told to slow down on testing,” Dr. Fauci, the director at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said to a congressional meeting investigating the US response to the disease.
“In fact, we will be doing more testing,” he added.
The three other panelists – speaking for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services – also rejected Trump’s statement, saying they had never been told to slow the testing process.
Dr. Fauci’s warning’s about the pandemic
Dr. Fauci warned of “a disturbing surge of infection” and “increased community spread” in many states in the south and west.
“A couple of days ago there were 30,000 new infections” in a single day, he said. “That’s very troubling to me.”
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“The next couple of weeks are going to be critical to address those surges that we’re seeing in Texas, Florida, Arizona, and other states.”