- Dr. Anthony Fauci said in a Sunday interview on CBS that he could not say the country had the novel corona virus under control when he warned of an expected increase in COVID-19 deaths next week.
- "We are struggling to get it under control and that is the problem that is currently pending," he said in CBS's "Face the Nation."
- From January to March, the president repeatedly claimed that the virus was under control.
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The United States has no control over its response to the novel coronavirus, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force on Sunday.
"I'm not going to say we have it under control, Margeret. That would be a false statement," said Fauci to Margaret Brennan, the moderator of CBS's Face the Nation. "We're struggling to get it under control, and that's the problem right now."
Containment measures are "key," he said. What will happen next week will be "shocking" and even "disturbing" to some, he added. His comments match those of General Surgeon Jerome Adams, who warned Sunday that the next two weeks could be "our Pearl Harbor moment and our 9/11 moment".
"This is going to be a bad week," added Fauci. "If you look at the projections of the curves and the kinetics of the curves, we will continue to see an escalation, but we should hope that within a week, maybe a little more, we will see a flattening of the curve and descent."
Even with successful mitigation efforts that reduce the number of new COVID-19 cases, Fauci warned people that the number of deaths should be "a week or two or more behind".
So far, at least 324,052 COVID-19 cases and 9,180 deaths have been reported Johns Hopkins University.
Fauci's comments come despite Trump's many previous claims that the virus is "under control".
From the claim that Democrats made the corona virus "their new joke" to the statement "it will go away," Trump had consistently tried to downplay the severity of the outbreak as his government prepared for the growing pandemic.
"We have it completely under control. It is a person who comes from China. We have it under control. It will be fine," Trump said in an interview on January 22 CNBC.
About a week later – at one Event in Michigan – The President said the novel corona virus was "very well under control" and added that COVID-19 "would have a very good end for us … I can assure you".
Trump made similar claims that the virus was "under control" on February 23, 24 and 29 FactCheck.org.
"Everything is really under control," Trump said in the comments from CPAC End of February.
Days after the virus was declared a global pandemic on March 11, the President reiterated that the United States had control of the virus.
"It's a very contagious virus. It's incredible. But we have tremendous control over it," the president told reporters at a press conference at the White House on March 15.
—JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) March 15, 2020
Last week, he admitted to downplaying the coronavirus threat early on: "I knew everything. I knew it could be terrible, I knew it might be good," Trump said. "I don't want to be a negative person."
In January, the president reportedly rejected early warnings from Alex Azar, Minister of Health and Human Services, believing that the warnings that the potential impact of the novel coronavirus could have on the US were "alarming."
At a press conference on Saturday, Trump told people to expect the "toughest week between this week and the next week".
"Unfortunately there will be a lot of death, but a lot less death than if this were not done. But there will be death," he said.
At the press conference, Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, that the New York City, Detroit, and New Orleans areas would peak their outbreaks next week.