US President Donald Trump announced during a news conference on Sunday night (Dutch time) that current measures due to the corona virus in the United States will be extended until at least April 30. According to Trump, the death toll is expected to peak in the US in two weeks.

The measures surrounding the COVID-19 virus in the US would initially be in effect for 15 days. According to the original schedule, the guidelines should be reassessed Monday. Americans must now apply as much social abstinence as possible until the end of April.

Last week, Trump said he hoped that the US economy would revive again around Easter (April 12). According to the president, people could also apply social abstinence during work. This attitude much criticized him from experts.

Possible 2.2. million deaths

According to Trump, a total of 2.2 million people could possibly die if people do not keep enough distance. In the United States, more than 139,000 people are currently infected with the coronavirus, according to counts. It is the largest number of infections worldwide. Across the U.S., a total of more than 2,100 people have died from the effects of the virus.

The state of New York has been particularly hard hit. More than 59,000 infections have already been confirmed in that state. In addition, about a quarter of the deaths are from New York.

At the press conference, Trump said he expected the US to recover from the corona crisis in June. He did, however, hope that the measures should not be extended any further after April 30.

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The coronavirus in short

  • The coronavirus mainly spreads from person to person via sneezing and cough drops. The chance of becoming infected through surfaces such as door handles is small. This chance decreases if you wash your hands often.
  • You can considerably reduce the chance of spreading by keeping at least 1.5 meters away from others.
  • An infected person infects two to three others on average. Precautions are necessary to contain this.
  • The vast majority of patients have mild (flu-like) complaints.
  • Almost all deaths involve the elderly or other vulnerable persons, such as heart, lung or diabetes patients. If everyone complies with the measures, this reduces their risks.
  • Read here what precautions you should take.