WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is bracing the United States for a grim death toll from the coronavirus pandemic.
On Sunday he extended the voluntary national shutdown for a month. In doing so, he was bowing to public-health experts who told him the coronavirus pandemic could claim over 100,000 lives in the U.S., perhaps significantly more, if not enough is done to fight it.
It was a stark shift in tone by the president. Only days ago he mused about the country reopening in a few weeks.
From the Rose Garden on Sunday, he said his Easter revival hopes had only been "aspirational."
(KTIV) - President Donald Trump and the coronavirus task force give an update on the response effort from the White House.
The news conference from the White House's Rose Garden comes as the Centers for Disease Control is issuing a travel advisory for New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut for the next two weeks as the coronavirus has surpassed 30,000 deaths worldwide.
Currently, there are 124,686 cases of COVID-19 in the United States. On Saturday the number of deaths in the United States surpassed 2,000.