Officials Give Warning About Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

Wednesday, April 29th 2020, 6:14 am
By: Rachel Roberts

Many parts of the U.S. are still taking steps to reopen their economy as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases tops the 1 million mark.

More than 56,000 Americans have died from the virus.

The University of Washington is revising its estimated number of deaths from 66,000 to 74,000 by August.

This comes as many states start to relax their Stay at Home orders.

But experts warn the progress made could be lost if the country moves too quickly.

"If we are unsuccessful, or prematurely try to open up, and we have additional outbreaks that are out of control, it could be a rebound to get us right back in the same boat that we were in a few weeks ago,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Dr. Fauci said it's inevitable that the coronavirus will still be with us in the fall.

He said states need to be ready to conduct widespread testing and contact tracing to contain new hotspots.

President Trump said the U.S. will soon be conducting up to 5 million tests a day.

Right now, the country is currently doing about 200,000.