President Trump again touts unproven medication to treat COVID-19

Global virus deaths top 60,000, Trump warns 'tough week' ahead - The Jakarta Post

Donald Trump said the no. of tests U.S. has done is far more than any country's been able to do.

At the weekend, there were warnings the USA faced a critical week in the coronavirus pandemic, with the U.S. surgeon-general Jerome Adams telling Americans to brace for a Pearl Harbour or 9/11 moment.

The US is stepping up the development of treatments for COVID-19 patients, including experimenting with hydroxychloroquine and blood-related therapies, as confirmed cases and death toll continue to rise.

He also said that Abbott Laboratories will produce 1,200 of its new 15-minute coronavirus test weekly. More than 110,000 of these people now live in migrant facilities across the country - 40,000 of them in overcrowded camps on five islands.

"This is a very important data point", said civil protection service chief Angelo Borrelli, adding that it "allows our hospitals to breathe".

New York, the hardest-hit state, reported on Sunday that for the first time in a week deaths had fallen slightly from the day before, but there were still almost 600 new fatalities and more than 7,300 new cases.

The doctor reportedly said any evidence that hydroxychloroquine would be effective was purely anecdotal, a rebuttal that infuriated Navarro.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday that new hospitalisations had fallen by 50 per cent over the previous 24 hours, but he cautioned it was not yet clear whether the crisis was reaching a plateau in the state, which has 4,159 deaths and more than 122,000 cases. If it didn't work, at least it didn't kill patients, he said.

Although the number of new cases also slowed, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced an extension of the country's lockdown until April 25. They gave it a rapid approval. The state has recorded a total of 3,565 deaths.

"Anyone who's not already in this fight, we need you", Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

Trump said 1,000 military personnel, mostly doctors and nurses, would be deployed to help in the city, which he described as "the hottest of all the hot spots".

"We're hopeful over the next week that we'll see a stabilization of cases in these metropolitan areas where the outbreak began several weeks ago", Dr. Birx said at the same news conference. "The reason is it's been out there a long time", said Trump.

Earlier in the day, Fauci did discuss the drug on Face the Nation.

During a press briefing Sunday night purportedly aimed at providing the US public with crucial information amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump refused to allow the nation's top infectious disease expert to answer a reporter's question about the efficacy of an anti-malaria drug that the president has recklessly touted as a possible COVID-19 treatment despite warnings from medical professionals.

The U-turn has angered and confused some citizens, and spurred a flurry of online tutorials for DIY masks. This is a new thing that just happened to us.

"It's going to be a hard week for the American people", Pence said.

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