The US is seeing a “disturbing surge” of COVID-19 infections in some parts of the country, as Americans ignore social distancing guidelines and states reopen without adequate plans for testing and tracing the contacts of those who get sick. The New York Times reports that this is according to Dr Anthony S Fauci whose assessment, delivered during a lengthy hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, painted a much grimmer picture of the coronavirus threat than the one given by President Trump, who claimed last week that the virus that had infected more than 2m Americans and killed more than 121,000 would just “fade away.”
“The virus is not going to disappear,” said Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, who testified that the virus was not yet under control in the US.
His testimony came as more than half of the country was seeing an uptick in cases, with officials in some states slowing their return-to-work plans or even imposing new restrictions.
The report says Fauci and three other leaders of the government’s coronavirus response who testified cast a cloud over the sunny accounts offered by the president as he has portrayed the US as a nation bouncing back from the brink.
Full report in The New York Times